Opalite is generally flawless and clear, but it may occasionally contain air bubbles from the manufacturing process or scratches on the surface. It has a milky white translucent appearance with golden highlights when viewed against light backgrounds. But when opalite is placed against a dark background, it will have a blue glow. In other words, the “glow” changes when viewed against light or dark backgrounds. A large number of sellers online (Ebay, Etsy, etc) simply sell it as “Opalite” or “Opalite Quartz” and sometimes even describe metaphysical properties of this glass. But Opalite is ALWAYS glass, not a gemstone, and it has NO healing properties. Many sellers unfortunately refer to Opalite as “Sea Opal” or “Moonstone” or just “Opal”. It is not any type of opal or moonstone and it definitely does not form as a crystal.
Opalite is often carved into figures, like Buddhas and skulls, and lately carved or molded into crystal “point” shapes, and is sold as strands of beads or briolettes. It is very inexpensive and can be found in hobby stores, like Michaels.