Opal is the national gemstone of Australia. In Aboriginal legend, the opal was a gift from the sky - the fire of desert. The opal was declared Australia's National Gemstone on 28 July 1994. Currently, over 90% of the world's opal comes from Australian opal fields.
Australia's national floral emblem is the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha Benth.). This reflects Australia's national colours of Green and Gold. The national gemstone is the opal. Australia has no national faunal (animal) emblem.