Opalized Belemnite. Coober Pedy, Central Nort...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Coober Pedy, Central North
Opal replacement, of most anything, results in something cool, and opalized fossils can be some of the most fascinating and attractive of all. Opal is prized for its dynamic appearance, with iridescent colors "firing" from deep within the material. In this case, two Belemnite shells have been fully replaced with Opal and light up with electric green and vibrant purple hues. This offering is essentially both gemstone and fossil, so it is the "best of both worlds" as it were. This matrix piece is awesome, and has a story to tell. The matrix is rather light and slightly pink in color. The Belemnites are perched prominently upon it and create an amazing collector specimen.
Overall Measurements: 6.02 x 5.54 x 2.33 inches (15.30 x 14.08 x 5.92 cm)
[Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000.
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