3.33ct. Welo Ethiopian Opal

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Description

100% natural. Not dyed or smoked or anything like that. I cut this from the rough so I know it is not treated in any way.

This jet black N1 beauty was carefully coaxed out of a rather large and twisted piece of rough opal. It is directional so the colors flash on and off as you move the opal about. It low room lighting I see somewhat subdued flashes of red and green. In sunlight I see the full spectrum of colors including red, green, gold, blue, and purple

It is N1 black with color throughout so you can see fire on the sides and back too.

I gave it a pleasing free shape with a nice setting edge for the jeweler. Given the shape, and since it has color on the sides, I would recomend a custom prong setting for it.


Origin: Welo

Weight:  3.33 carats

Size: 13.89mm x 9.58mm x 4.76mm

Base Color: Jet Black N1 opaque

Consistency of Base Color (face-up): The bottom edge has no color but it is very hard to see

Brightness Of Fire: About 3; I can see some color in lower lighting; very nice color in full sun.

Fire Color(from most-to-least; according to my judement and lights): Red, green, gold, blue, purple

Fire Pattern: Ribbon with other flashes

Directionality: Very directional

Cut: Free shape cabochon with high grade cut and polish. Ready to be set into jewelry or to keep as an investment

Inclusions at 10x Magnification: None  

Treatments: None - 100% natural untreated opal
Item location: OA20

About Inclusions: Many gems, including opals, have slight imperfections. When cutting a gem, the choice is between grinding way precious beautiful material and leaving behind a small imperfection. Regarding opals, generally, if the imperfection is very small and you can't see it without magnification (eye clean) then the imperfection has little to no effect on the value of the opal. The degree to which an imperfection depreciates the value of an opal is directly related to how distracting it is. I like to think of it as "The Distraction Test." Simply ask yourself, does this imperfection distract from the beauty of the opal? If so, then you need to depreciate the value of the opal accordingly. The Distraction test mostly applies to the top of the opal. Imperfections on the back of the opal generally do not depreciate the value of the opal unless the imperfection can be seen when looking at the top of the opal or if the imperfection is so large as to affect the stability of the opal.

Cracks are the exception. Any opal that is cracked is specimen grade only and is worth perhaps 10% of its non-cracked value.


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About My Pictures and Videos

When you hold an opal in your hand, it should look better in your hand than the images used to show it - not the other way around. It is never my intention to portray an opal better in my images than it appears in real life. The images you see are accurate to the best of my ability. Generally, with the opal in hand you will see higher lustre; and greater depth and liveliness than I capture in my images.

If you are new to opals then you should know that it is impossible to capture the exact nature of an opal in images. Many opals look different under different lighting conditions. Make sure to look at your opal with the sun at your back and coming over your shoulder. Not all opals look best in full sunlight. Some opals look better with less light and some opals look drastically different on cloudy days or in the morning light . I hope you have fun exploring the wonderful world of opal.


Opal Buying Tips

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PLEASE KNOW ABOUT ANLGES!   Watch for any opal that is shown only from certain angles. This can be a way of making a highly directional opal look much better in images than it actually looks in hand. A highly directional opal is less valuable than a similar opal that is less directional.

PLEASE KNOW ABOUT RED FINGERS AND ENHANCED IMAGES!  

The owner of this website wrote a nice article about buying opals on the internet  CLICK HERE  to read it.





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