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Welcome to Great Opals! I love opals and I want you to love them too. I am here to show you their beauty; guarantee they are solid, not treated, or manipulated in any way; and to provide a secure environment where you may explore the beautiful and exciting world of opal – the QUEEN of gems.
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100% natural. Not treated in any way.
This opal is very, very special. It has an absolutely amazing one-of-a-kind fire pattern. To me, it looks like leaves and then it reminds me of the dense foliage of tropical rain forest. And then from certain angles it has that brilliant red flash shining though like the rising sun.
SUPER RARE base color. In hand it looks purple. But really it is a dark crystal base with a lot of blue and purple fire that tricks the eyes into thinking the base is purple. Opals with a base color like this are very rare. And then to find one with patterns like this is so incredibly rare. Indeed, this is the first and only one like it I have seen.
It has the pit on the low dome side which looks a lot bigger in the photos. The pit is very shallow and is maybe 1mm in length so you can see it but it in no way dominates the stone.
It is a specimen because it has 4 fissures on the back. These are natural cracks in the opal that extend from the surface and into the opal a few milimeters. These are not the type of cracks that tend to grow. These were there when I got the rough and I could not cut them out of the opal without making the opal too thin and perhaps destroying this wonderous beauty. So I left them there. I think the opal is stable and these fissures do not concern me. However, I must reduce the price of this amazing gem due to these faults. So, here is your chance to get a stunning one-of-a-kind collector's piece!
Weight: 8.75 carats
Size: 21.61mm x 12.21mm x 5.51mm
Base Color: Amber or grey crystal that appears purplish
Consistency of Base Color (face-up): Perfectly consistent
Brightness Of Fire: Very bright. Easily seen from arms length
Fire Color(from most-to-least; according to my judement and lights): Green, blue, purple, red, gold
Fire Pattern: ??? Looks like leaves to me
Directionality: Somewhat directional
Cut: Standard shape cabochon with high grade cut and polish. Ready to be set into jewelry or to keep as an investment
Inclusions at 10x Magnification: Pit on front; fissures on back (see description above)
Treatments: None - 100% natural untreated opal
Item location: OA19
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.
My goal is to make you happy and the 7-day money back guarantee gives you time to make sure you are happy with your purchase. If you need to make a return I will provide you with a full refund provided the item has not been altered in any way. Please do not return an item without contacting me first. If needed, I will arrange the return for you through my shipping account to ensure there are no problems.
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Domestic Shipping: Shipping is via USPS with a typical delivery time of one week or less.
International Shipping: Shipping is via USPS with a typical delivery time of 2 - 6 weeks.
NOTICE: I reserve the right to void and re-list any item that can't be insured. Certain countries and zip codes are non-insureable. If I can't insure it then I can't ship it.
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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
If you have any questions about these or any other subjects then please feel free to ask.
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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