Iridescent Opals

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

Renowned for their colorful iridescence, opals’ unique internal structure creates their colors by scattering light. Opal gemstones used in jewelry are relatively soft and fragile; they need protection from scratching, bumping, and abrupt temperature ... more

Renowned for their colorful iridescence, opals’ unique internal structure creates their colors by scattering light. Opal gemstones used in jewelry are relatively soft and fragile; they need protection from scratching, bumping, and abrupt temperature changes. Opal most commonly forms by the action of warm water on volcanic glass. It can also form at low temperatures, when water rich with dissolved silica mixes with sediment or enters rocks.

Opal deposits are found around the globe, but about 85 percent of the world’s gem opals are mined in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. These opals come from a range of locations—Australia, Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, and the United States—and illustrate the gem’s diversity.


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Iridescent Opals

Iridescent Opals
12/13/2018 10:00 AM
Thu, December 13
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/14/2018 10:00 AM
Fri, December 14
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/15/2018 10:00 AM
Sat, December 15
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/16/2018 10:00 AM
Sun, December 16
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/17/2018 10:00 AM
Mon, December 17
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/18/2018 10:00 AM
Tue, December 18
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/19/2018 10:00 AM
Wed, December 19
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/20/2018 10:00 AM
Thu, December 20
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/21/2018 10:00 AM
Fri, December 21
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/22/2018 10:00 AM
Sat, December 22
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Iridescent Opals
12/23/2018 10:00 AM
Sun, December 23
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Occurs 69 more times through Mar 02

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

December 13, Thursday 10:00AM
December 14, Friday 10:00AM
December 15, Saturday 10:00AM
December 16, Sunday 10:00AM
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