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    SPECTACULAR ANDAMOOKA OPAL MATRIX
    Andamooka, South Australia
    This incredible stone is from one of the smallest but most beautiful opal deposits in the world, easily rivaling the other more abundant Australian opal fields at Lightening Ridge and Cooper Pedy; indeed, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II's first visit to Australia in 1954, it was an Andamooka Opal that was chosen to be presented to her to commemorate the auspicious occasion. The deposits were first discovered in the late 1920's by two prospectors taking refuge from a thunderstorm. Formed in the thin veins of quartzite rock, it emerges from the ground with a rather dull, washed-out appearance. A simple treatment with acid, water and heat, however, reveals the full natural beauty, incredibly presented here: the surfaces of this trapezoidal freeform glitter all over with tiny fiery points of electric color, separated with remarkable clarity into two distinct layers, one side predominantly red-orange and the other a deep vivid green interspersed with areas of matrix. Brought to a high polished finish with a thin resin coating, it is a spectacular example of one of the most beautiful stones in the world, measuring approximately 6 7/8 x 3 x 1½ inches and weighing 3000 carats.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 6
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