What Is Lab Created Opal?

Welcome to the Siebke Hoyt blog, where we blend our rich history in the jewelry industry, dating back to 1889, with the latest trends and insights. Today, we're exploring the fascinating world of lab-created opals, a gemstone that mirrors the natural opal's beauty but with an innovative twist.

The Nature of Opals

Opals have captivated humanity for centuries, cherished for their dazzling play of colors. These natural wonders form over millennia, each a unique testament to the earth's creativity. Their profound historical and cultural significance features ancient lore and modern fashion.

Lab-Created Opals: An Overview

Lab-created opals are a testament to human ingenuity. Crafted in controlled environments, they mimic the natural opal's essence. The process involves replicating the conditions under which natural opals form, resulting in a stone that shares many of the same physical and optical properties as its natural counterpart.

The Benefits of Lab-Created Opals

  • Environmental Benefits: These opals offer a sustainable and conflict-free alternative to natural stones, minimizing the ecological footprint of mining.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: They are often more affordable than natural opals, making them accessible to a broader audience.
  • Quality and Consistency: Lab-created opals boast remarkable consistency in color and quality, a feature highly valued in the jewelry world.

How to Identify Lab-Created Opals

Despite their similarities, trained eyes can distinguish lab-created opals from natural ones. Visual characteristics like pattern uniformity often give them away. Your jeweler can guide you through this identification process.

The Market for Lab-Created Opals

The jewelry market is increasingly embracing lab-created gemstones. These opals have carved a niche for themselves, appreciated for their beauty and ethical production. We anticipate a bright future for these gems, reflecting a shift towards sustainable luxury.

Caring for Lab-Created Opals

Like their natural counterparts, lab-created opals require care to maintain their mesmerizing luster. We recommend regular cleaning with mild soap and avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals. 


Lab-created opals are more than just stones; they symbolize sustainable beauty and technological advancement. At Siebke Hoyt, we take pride in offering these gems, combining our long-standing tradition with modern innovation. 

Visit our website or make an appointment with us to explore our exquisite collection of lab-created opal jewelry and delve deeper into the world of opals, our blog and staff are ready to guide you. 

Remember, at Siebke Hoyt, we're not just selling jewelry; we're sharing a piece of history crafted with expertise and delivered with the warmth of family tradition.