Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the black opals are the rarest, whereas white and greens are the most common.
Black coating uses either ruthenium or TIN cobalt black to give a piece of jewelry a light black or completely black appearance. It is very durable and resistant to scratches. Black plating gives the jewelry piece a sense of masculinity and high-tech.