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Buy Indonesian opals direct from miners and wholesalers. Volcanic opals are mined in Kalimaya River in java and Banten Indonesia.

Opalite opal is pastel green opal that can be cabochon or as carving material as it is soft opal and easy to cut and polish

Most specimens are slabs cut and sold as rough. these do have crack line sand inclusions so they need to be worked to cracks are not in the final product.

Banten are does have petrified wood and this is dark bitumen colour, while some are natural it seems most is cooked in sand and oil added to enhance the opal colour Indonesia has volcanic Opals and large deposits of black petrified wood

This wood is actually a fossil as when the tree dies it was

buried in clay, ash and sediments so the timber was oxygen staved and did not decay

Over time silica seeped into these black fossils that still have wood and cellular structures

So this fossil you can still make out cellular structure of bark and sometimes rings of the wood or timber

These fossil specimens do weigh heavy than they look, as the cellular matter is dense

This natural fossil is carbon bitumen black colour and sometimes needs to be smoked by heating in sand treated to show opalized colours

Many sellers add oil to this opal a sit greatly enhances the opal colours and hides pits in the opal, so always check if opal is smoked or oiled as it does enhance the colours.

Body tone is N2 for most of these opal specimens

The carbon in the wood is replaced by hydrated silica in the

cellular structure.so when the petrified fossil is treated the opalized colours

are visible due to deflection and diffraction as light passes through the

planes of silica in these cellular structures.

Petrified wood is not rare, as it is found in many locations

around the world but opalized wood is rare

It is found in Banten area and Salak national park in Indonesia

and also in Virgin Valley USA and all locations are volcanic regions.

Each eruption release incredible volumes volcanic ash which is high in silica

content ,and this helps explain why Indonesian

petrified wood is opalized in stunning colours as the country has many volcanoes

and long history volcanic eruptions

Volcanic ash is full carbon which gives the wood carbon black

colour which is the predominate colour, but ash also contains traces Copper,

which results in blue green hues. Ash also has Iron oxide which result in red

to yellow hues and ash has some magnesium oxides that give hues yellow to

orange so all these factors help to explain why these fossils have opal colours,

due to the volcanic ash over millions of years.

Petrified wood has been called many names including

Fossilized Wood, Opalized Wood, Agatized wood, silicified wood

Kalimaya area did have large opal mines but today very few and only small operations. only speckers find few opals now. unfortunately, lot opal wholesalers in Indonesia buy Ethiopian opal and market it a s their local opal as Kalimaya Black Opal.

This has opened large market for opals in Indonesia and today they google search these key words looking for local opal.

Even local moss agates and agates with crystal formations are sold a s opals now and black opal is treated Ethiopian opal that has been smoked Some other names used by locals include Batu black opal,Opal kalimaya,Kalimay, Batu,Batu opal Kalimay black opals,Akiki black opal,kalimaya black opal harga,kalimaya black opal bahan,alimaya black opal sempur,batu kalimaya black opal sempur.

Locals do make lot mens rings with diamonds from these opals and agates but it is very confusing as even local gemstone laboratories with certify that it is local opal collectors must have at least one opal from this region .

Other local terminology for local stones named opal in Indonesian -Characteristic Lumpur on Black Opal or Stone Opal or Kalimaya, Batu Mulia , , Stone Bacan , Stone Black Opal , Jade Aceh , , Characteristics Stone Bacan , Jade , Stone Badr , Kalimaya Black Opal , Indocrase Aceh , Stone Pancawarna , sempurnya stone.

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