BE SURE TO SEE THE NEW VIDEO! IT’s A LITTLE LONG BUT THERE IS A LOT OF OPAL HERE TO SEE—NO DEAD AREAS, FIRE ON EVERY INCH OF IT & OF COURSE EVEN BRIGHTER IN HAND
NO CRACKS OR FLAWS BRILLIANT AND NON-HYDROPHANE
LOWSTARTING BIDAT ONLY $200PER CARAT for BRILLIANT CRYSTAL CLEAR WELLO 4.5 to 5 BRIGHT LIGHT AMBER CRYSTAL with HUGE PHANTOM GHOST OPAL
Le Champignon, the MUSHROOM!! APPROXIMATELY 330 CARATS, and 50mm (2 inch) diameter, 24mm (1 inch) thick and 40mm (1 1/2 in) high. THIS GEM IS NOT HYDROPHANE IT DIDN’T LOOSE COLOR WHEN I CUT IT IN WATER!!!
As I first was cutting this Gem it became obvious it was the cap of a huge, life size mushroom., and the more I revealed the more DAZZLING FIRE peeked through and then the HUGE GHOST PHANTOM started to appear. WOW!!!!
I’ve left some of the craters with it’s original rough to leave a more realistic mushroom specimen, but they can be polished out as well.
The surface is covered with surface craze that is of no structural problem since it is all under about 1mm and there are no cracks or fissures at all in this Gem. The craze is actually a benefit because as it refracts the light it brings all the beautiful color to life.
I’ve mounted a sturdy Welo stem of complementary colors to support this beauty with all of its weight (330cts).
The cap is solid, vibrant Welo Crystal with a brightness of 4.5 and the colors flash and roll throughout with large shields of vibrant RED, GREEN, BLUE and some PURPLE with 100% saturation.
The Gems Cap is brilliant Crystal clear light amber color with large faces of solid color rolling and flashing throughout. The sturdy stem is also Welo with large flashes and gorgeous ribbon of brilliant 5 of 5 in similar colors.
I have polished through the craze in three places to show windows of the beautiful colors, the top allowing you a clear view into the center gorgeous crystal, and two that reveal the Huge PHANTOM GHOST OPAL that you can see in several places around the girdle of this beauty.
I’ve used both sunlight and 60w light to show the GORGEOUS COLOR IN ALL LIGHT. Of course this gem is much more vibrant in hand.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this RARE MUSEUM GEM WITH THIS QUALITY OF FLAWLESS BRILLIANT CRYSTAL AND A PHANTOM GEM LURKING INSIDE.
AT A LOW WHOLESALE PRICE OF ONLY$200 PER CARAT
This auction is free shipping.
This is a natural untreated Gem from the welo opal fields in Ethiopia.The material from this area is very bright to BRILLIANT.
The pictures were taken when it’s dry.
Transulant NON Hydrophane
Weight 330cts approx
Size 50mmX24mmX40mm approx
New Play-of-Color Opal from Welo, Ethiopia.
A new source of high-quality play-of-color opal was discovered in early 2008 in Welo Province, Ethiopia, about 500 km north of Addis Ababa. This deposit is geographically distinct from the Mezezo deposit in Shewa Province, which was discovered in the early 1990s.
I started buying Welo (Gondar Province) rough opal in mid 2008 and buying the best and the biggest I could get a hold of and afford. I started cutting it immediately and honed my skills by applying knowledge gleaned from over 50 years of cutting opal from all over the world.
I ve let this rough set to establish a successful “DRY TIME” AND NOW IT HAS ALL AT LEAST 1 YEAR DRY OR MORE so you should have no worries about the stability of these highly polished Gems.
This Welo Rough has it’s own requirements to successfully cut and polish and a good part of selling it is getting pictures and video that closely resemble the finished piece in hand, so to solve that problem I’ve come up with a series of different light frequencies combined in what I call my “Halo Light”. It has solved a lot of those problems, but we have left the problem of this light leaving a large reflection on these highly polished Gem surfaces, so when you see several white light reflections, no I wasn’t attacked by a flying saucer while taking pictures, it’s just my “Halo Light”!!
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We will insure items on your behalf by request and make claims for you in the event of a loss.
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Please allow 1 to 6 weeks delivery by USPS the mail system is slow and inconsistent, please be patient.
RETURNS_ If you are not happy with your opal, please contact us first for advice, if you still want to return it thats OK, we will gladly exchange it for something else you choose.
I use several light sources including sunshine, when available, 60w low light and indirect, florescence full spectrum, penlight etc, so you’ll see some difference in the individual picture base colors to best bring out the natural color in the opal. I do NOT pump the colors even tho it’s very difficult to photograph opal and show all the beautiful color and nuance. Most of the polished opal is dry, but it’s actually brighter and more beautiful in person than the pictures show.
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Shipping we STRONGLY RECOMMEND INSURANCE.
Payment within 3 days of PayPal notification by U.S.P.S. insurance optional within U.S. International insurance shipping on case by case basis. For combined shipping inform me after winning first auction.
Full CREDIT OR EXCHANGE on approved returns. I must be informed within 48 hours of delivery for approval and receive return within 7 days. Material must be in the same condition as when I shipped it. You pay return shipping. INSURANCE IS MANDATORY ON ALL RETURNES.
I DO NOT send out 2nd chance offers.
If you have ANY questions ABOUT THIS GEM, CUTTING OR ANYTHING or want to see any specific pictures contact me through OPAL AUCTIONS.
I’m looking forward to your business. Good Luck Bidding
FLAWLESS BRILLIANT WELO CRYSTAL NO FLAWS OR CRACKS!!!