1.10ct Natural Ethiopian Welo Fire Opal

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Dimensions (mm) 1 x 1 x 1mm
Weight (carats) 1.1 carats
  • Cabochon


Ethiopian Welo Opal.

The buzz in opal today is for gemstones from a new source in Ethiopia, discovered in 2008 near Wegel Tena, Wollo Province. The mine produces mostly white, translucent opal, much of which has vivid play-of-color. Researchers and some wholesalers in the gem trade hail the deposit’s significant quantities of high-quality play-of-color opal that is remarkably stable and durable.


According to Gems & Gemology, “Wegel Tena opals could sustain a fall from [over three feet] onto a concrete floor with no visible damage, even under the microscope. Repetition of the test on five oval cabochons did not produce any sign of damage.”

Dealers say the Wollo Province opal, compared to similar white play-of-color Australian goods, is selling at steep 30 percent to 50 percent discounts, according to Farnsworth, who notes a wide range of prices, from less than $1 a gram for low-grade material to $50 a gram for nicer goods. “The reason for the low prices is the risk involved in buying new ‘untested’ material,” says Farnsworth. Moreover, he notes, the material is being sold in mixed lots.

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