We can evaluate opal body tone using the standardised Munsell colour system
The Munsell Colour System is a colour space that is comprised of three colour dimensions – value (light to dark), hue (colour) and chroma (colour intensity). For opal body tones, we will be referring to the ‘value’ dimension and this divided into nine shades from black to white.
Opal body tone colour scale:
- Nine shades ranging from black (N1) to white (N9)
- N1 – N4 is considered black base tone, or black opal
- N5 – N6 is considered semi-black base tone
- N7 – N9 is considered light base tone, or white opal
Exhibit 1 – Opal body tone scale
Source: Developed by Geological Society of America using the Munsell Colour System
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