DescriptionFINE GEMSTONE: BLACK OPAL - 10.9 CT.
Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
Sometimes called "The Queen of Gems," Black Opal is easily the most valuable of all the Opal varieties. Most of the world's production of these "rainbow stones" comes from one location in New South Wales: Lightning Ridge. They tend not to be completely black in color but are typically just dark in body color. This "black" background provides a darkened stage for the fiery hues, flashing from the interior with an almost electrical intensity. This lovely cabochon presents that dramatic interplay all across its surface, one side ablaze with pinpoints of orange, pink, green blue and even hints of rare turquoise, the other side showing predominantly green with purple-blue highlights.
Measurements: 23.3 x 10.5 mm, 10.9 cts.
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