DescriptionFINE GEMSTONE: OPAL - 9.54 CT.
Welo, Afar Province, Ethiopia
One of the most exciting recent gemstone discoveries has been the hydrophane Opals from Ethiopia: they have an extremely rich rainbow of colors that seem to float within the stone. Hydrophane Opals are slightly porous and can absorb or emit water, affecting the body color of the stone, but not impacting the play of color. This fine gemstone has a very faint chardonnay body color and fire that is evenly distributed throughout - a mixture of pinfire in all of the spectral colors with occasional broad flashes of green and golden red. Very bright and lively: colors seem to dance throughout the stone. A triangular cabochon, it measures 16.6 mm from point to point, and weighs 9.54 carats. Definitely an excellent example of this "new" Opal.
Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500.
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