Welo Rough 16.15Ct Natural Ethiopian Welo Opal Rough RA57

Item Information

Dimensions (mm) 20 x 18 x 11mm
Weight (carats) 16.15 carats
  • Rough
  • Freeform
  • Gemstone: Natural Welo Opal Rough (Untouched)

  • Treatment: Untreated / Unheated

  • Color: Bright flash color (Rate 4/5-5/5 )

  • Origin: Delanta, Ethiopia

  • Opal Type: Hydrophane Opal

  • Raw Condition: All rough are gamble grade, it might be facet grade or specimen grade, all by your luck as these are totally untouched rough.

  • Ownership: We have purchasing office in Ethiopia, our team buying all rough directly from Delanta area and all export directly to our company in Bangkok, Thailand. There is no broker fee or middle man charge so that we able to supply all in reasonable price according to the market. There is no retailing price in our store, all pieces selling in our store is cheaper than the price by Ethiopia exporters. Worried Free to order in bulk without knowing what you get, you choose and buy piece by piece below the bulk purchasing price.

What is a hydrophane Opal?

Many of the opals mined in Ethiopia, especially from the Welo deposits, are hydrophane opals. "Hydrophane" is a name used for a porous opal that has the ability to absorb water. A change in color or transparency often accompanies the water absorption.

Where do hydrophane opals come from?

Ethiopian opals originate from volcanic activity. Volcanic opal is known as “hydrophane opal”, where the term hydrophane comes from the Greek words meaning “water-loving” which describes the opal's propensity to absorb water and change from opaque to translucent or transparent in humid or aqueous environments.

How can you tell if an opal is hydrophane?

Hydrophane opals are opals that have a higher porosity and will absorb water, when in contact. You can easily spot a hydrophane opal because when placed in water, they will become transparent and their colors subdued.

How do you care for a hydrophane Opal?

Avoid Liquid Chemicals Around Your Ethiopian Opals. Due to the opal's hydrophane nature, liquids like perfumes, soaps and cleaning products can stain your opals and change their colour. If this occurs, try wiping them with a soft, damp cloth before allowing them to dry, naturally, on their own.

Why are Ethiopian opals so cheap?

Contrary to Australian opal, Ethiopian's opal price is generally lower, making it a more affordable gemstone, because of the steady supply, however, high quality Ethiopian opal is still difficult to obtain and can be expensive.

How do you tell if opal is real or fake?

When you view a synthetic opal side-on, its colour structure will present as neatly lined columns, with the pattern appearing in a repeated uniform way through the stone. Genuine opal, when viewed side-on, will appear solid as it is not composed of different layers.

Is an opal rarer than a diamond?

On the whole, opals are rarer than diamonds because there are less high-quality opals available than there are diamonds. The good news is that you can find a gem-quality opal for a great price, especially compared to a diamond.

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1:1 All items can combine within 3 days after the first winning day, buyer need to submit payment within 3 days otherwise winning items will be cancelled without prior notice

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Bid Increment $1
Starting Bid $25
Auction ID 1324571
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Starts 21st Jan 2023 6:10pm PST
Ends 25th Jan 2023 3:13am PST

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