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Ethiopian Opals


On my last trip to Addis Ababa IN may 2012 ,i met this local opal dealer dressed in a silvery business suit.

He said he had to go to a wedding out of town and i bought a interesting rough parcel from him.He then said he had some rough specimens back at his house so he offered to take me there.He had 2 other friends so we all packed in to a small car and drove off.

We headed out of town on a main hwy which the Japanese built for about a hour before we turned off on to some rough roads. It was a this point i was wondering if i was going to be kidnapped!!.We then drove in to a ghetto type area of older buildings and entered his clean but modest house. To my relief he bought out some interesting black crystal rough specimens which i eventually bought after much bargaining. He also had some emerald rough which was of low quality and i thought good for making beads. It turned out he was asking us $3000 a kilo where as i was thinking $50 kilo. Apparently the dealers here check the internet for prices and ask sky high prices for there material thinking they have top grade material.

After agreeing to a price i have to go back to Australia to transfer the funds to him.He then takes the payment receipt and stock to the government who inspect it and seal it for export.

The govt has a minium price for certian sizes on which the seller pays tax. They do not have prices for different grades so you can get a low value for gem grade material.

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Ethopian Opals are valued for their bright flashes of colour. Ethiopian Opals are nobby-formed rather than seam-formed and have characteristically brown or dark-nodule potch. Ethiopian opals with their vivid sunburnt green and red flashes and patterns are prized by collectors.

Gondar,Wello  a new field only worked in the last few years, is more of a crystal formation than Ethopian opals. These, too, are valued for their bright colours.

Ethiopian Opals have only begun to be mined recently. However, anthropologists report that around 4,000 years BC, early man used opals to make tools, which means that Africa mined opals even before Australia.

Source your single-gem or parcel Ethiopian Opals direct from opal miners and wholesaler/dealers.

See the Ethiopian Opal Grading Chart.


Ethiopian Opals

Ethiopian opals are one of the most amazing stone on the market nowadays. The plays of colours often go totally through the whole piece of rough, which make it an easier to produce a nicely form with totally remarkable patterns as well as, plays of colour that can be seen anywhere else in the natural world. This type of Opal really proved itself to be just as stable as any of the premium Australian opals.


During the ancient Roman and Greeks, Ethiopian opal was often perceived as a Promethean cut stone that steals fire from the gods and allocates it with mankind. As reprimand, some gemmologist might say that the gods bestowed much of it with a reaction to heat that provides this high-water content silica gel a propensity to dry out and break up, which is referred as “crazing” by gem dealers.


Such a tale would positively explain that the dilemma of Ethiopian opal is one of the most fine-looking varieties of this play-of-colour species ever established. Also, these stones have attracted some stone enthusiasts who have made it a foundation of their business. Until late last year, all Ethiopian opal was available along the Yita Ridge, an opal fields, 150 miles northeast of Addis Ababa.


Moreover, Ethiopian opal sustains to be one of the most famous gemstone in the world nowadays. There such a good reason for this; it is not only the prettiest in the marketplace, but it is also in the best value. This is the beginning has actually affected the Australian opal dealers out of the market and into Ethiopia where they can purchase opal for less than it worth them to mine it. 


In addition to, most of the Chinese, European, and Australian dealers’ late entrance into the Ethiopian opal market puts up strain to the general supply making the price of improved rough material to double their mines for the last 3 months! In fact, the standard rate of latest discoveries of this precious opal has been roughly every 40 years.


The well-known Australian fields of Lightning Ridge, Andamooka, and Coober Pedy were all established between 1900 and 1928. It was not until 2008 when Ethiopian opal was discovered. There is a struggle because most opal discoveries will come from Ethiopia and assert the next century for this region as the globe’s most outstanding precious opal supplier.


Then again, with Ethiopian opal being an impulsive stone that is established more by possibility and hard work than physical predictions, and then, it may be an attractive shooting star. For Australian opal market update, as far as Australian opal is concerned, part of its history is the low-prices of Ethiopian opal, so most of the opal miners have regular jobs with huge coal mining.


Also, most of the companies leaving factually dozens of miners left where there used to be hundreds. However, well-enhanced grade triplet and doublet opals are reaching more complicated to obtain. Approximately, 30% of the doublet material is now originated from Brazil and being combined with the Australian material.


Ethiopian Opal miners are always working hard who actually knows the area and truly understands mining such opals. In fact, there is quite inadequate success in looking for a good quality material in any amount. Last year, a great quantity of Ethiopian opal was introduced in the market.


In addition to, this opal occurs in broad-flash and hydrophane varieties, which is often significant for Brazil and Australian community, as well.  From here, it creates a better status and stability for different businesses as incredible armour. Overall, Ethiopian opals got a perfect beauty all its own.

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