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Olmiite on matrix
N Chwanning II Mine, Kuruman, Republic of South Africa
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Dioptase
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Adamite on Limonite
Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
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Zoisite Var. Tanzanite
Arusha, Merelani, Tanzania
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Corundum Var. Sapphire
Balangoda, near Ratnapura, Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka
Quartz var. Faden from Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan [QUARTZ16]
Quartz var. Faden
Dara Ismael Khan District, Waziristan, Pakistan

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Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia


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Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12a.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12b.jpg] Opal (rough and cut) from Shoa Province, Ethiopia [db_pics/pics/opal12c.jpg]



OPAL12 - Opal (rough and cut)
$ 275.00
Shoa Province, Ethiopia
thumbnail - 2.2 x 1.3 x 1 cm

Fire opal has been found in Ethiopia for many years, however this new deposit also known as 'desert opal,' typically has a white silica base, compared to the previous finds that were brown or occasionally black. Desert opal can be brilliant and colorful. It is a relatively new deposit, and as such untested for very long time horizons (like Australian). I've sorted thorugh many high grade pieces I've held back for many years to find a match to this fully polished free form cut opal. The color play is red, green, yellow and orange. The fire is way better in person. High grade pieces such as these are hard to get now. The rough piece weighs 11.5 carats, the polished free form weighs  6.2 carats.




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