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    MAGNIFICENT CONTRA LUZ OPAL - 2,290 CARATS
    Opal Butte, Morrow Co., Oregon, USA
    Precious Opal from Opal Butte, Oregon, has produced some of the finest play-of-color Opals in the world. This large "contra luz" specimen weighs an impressive 2,290 carats and has a faintly golden colored transparent body with pinpoint & broadflash play of colors: reds, purples, greens, and golds - essentially all colors of the rainbow are suspended in the opal body itself. The Opal occurs in Rhyolite geodes embedded in decomposed Perlite - remnants of the host Rhyolite are evident in this colorful sculpture. Play-of-color Opals from this locality are extremely rare, as less than 1% of the Rhyolite geodes contain Contra Luz Opal. This Opal is quite limpid and transparent and the rainbow play-of-colors is exceptional. There are a couple of incipient concoidal inclusions but they do not detract from the specimen. It has a fine polish, some traces of the original surface, and measures 3½ inches high by 2½ inches wide and is approximately 2 3/8 inches thick.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
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