Great value opal beads. This is why.........
Making an opal bead, although very popular in todays fashion world unfortunately doesn't yield as well as cutting a freeform opal or calibrated opal.
To make a bead first the opal is cut into a cube and then into a sphere yielding approximately 15cts to the ounce.
In comparison a calibrated opal solid yields 30cts to the ounce and freeform opal 50cts to the ounce.
Feel happy about your purchase because once you work out the overall cost of the bead per carat ratio it works out to be very inexpensive considering the amount of rough opal being used.
It takes approximately 9ozs of rough opal to make one strand of beads.