"Crystal opal" is a term used for a transparent to translucent opal material that has a play of color within the stone.
Crystal opals are often faceted to produce gems that have internal play of color and fire exiting from the facets.
Photos shown here are a crystal opal cabochon with blue to violet play of colors. It is a calibrated 8 x 6 millimeter stone cut from material mined at Lightning Ridge, Australia. Also a faceted Ethiopian crystal opal with a water clear body color and internal play of color. It is four millimeters across.
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