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Is considered to be one
of the oldest inhabited human areas on the planet.
The Awash Valley
has one of the most complete preserved Australopithecine fossils around 3.2
million years old.
The country is rich
in fossil findings and human settlement.
Egyptian traders made
reference to Ethiopians in 3000 BC and there are many rock drawings dating back
further into a rich history.
Old Testament makes
references to powerful Ethiopian and many believe the biblical n lost Ark is buried in Ethiopia.
In the 14th
centenary Potash was mined by German companies and only commenced again after
Eritrean-Ethiopian war of 2009
The country is rich
in salts, iron ore and gold. but continual feuding has left most of the country
unexplored for minerals
In 1990 Mezezo opal
was introduced to the world, but locals had used opals to make totals for
thousands of years.
This opal was
chocolate coloured nodule formed opal with brilliant red flashes.
These nodules were
mined in volcanic ash sediments up to 3 meters thick so the opal is considered
Red fire flash is
common and blue colours are rare.
A new opal field was
found in the Gondar highlands region of Ethiopia which
is about 3,000 meters above sea level.
Now the local
government is issuing mining permits and controlling the area.
Opal mining consists of pick and shovel on
steep mountain cliffs
The majority of [Welo-wollo] is a
semi to clear crystal with some dark based caramel and even rare black opals.
Ideal for cabbing and stunning when faceted. This material is more like
Mexican rough and not like the first opal from Mezezo-Ethiopia-[called
chocolate opal] which was formed in geodes.
The degrees of transparency can range
from crystal clear to translucent to opaque, which no light passes through it.
The varieties of precious color play
includes Contra-Luz and patterns in broad flash, mosaic, snakeskin/leopard
skin, stripes, pin fire ,honeycomb, chaff ,floral and various harlequin patterns including
patchwork harlequin and honeycomb harlequin