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What is a Harlequin Pattern Opal?
什么是丑角图案蛋白石?
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what is harlequin pattern opalIn the world of Opals, the Harlequin Opal is the one stone that collectors, opal lovers and miners all wish they could find. This is an extremely rare pattern. Some stones may contain just a small part of the opal in this pattern but the pattern needs to encase the whole stone not just one part in order to be called a true Harlequin Opal.

Harlequin Opal Definition

A true Harlequin pattern is a repeating pattern of contracting diamonds or elongated squares

The word Harlequin was a French word used in the 16th century to describe the comedian in an opera play commedia dell’arte and this character wore an outfit with irregular shapes in bight colours .

This pattern has been unique to black opals from Lightning Ridge and red fire is by far the most rare. Black Opal with a body tone of N1 with this pattern can be worth around $5,000 to $30,000 per carat on the opal fields. It show just how rare this pattern is that buyers are willing pay this money on the opal fields.

The below pictures are of the same stone from uncut to final polish. It is amazing to think that such an unassuming stone in the rough will produce one of the rarest gemstones on the planet.

Harlequin Pattern Opal

Ethiopian opals might also have this harlequin pattern but from 20,000 Ethiopian opals sold only 3-4 have actually had a true Harlequin Opal pattern. You will see lots of harlequin opal listed on other sites that are not true harlequin opals.

Most Miners, if lucky might only find one true Harlequin Opal in their lifetime. Barry O’Leary’s (Opal author) definition of a Harlequin opals is ”precious opal showing a regular mosaic-like chromatic pattern in rounded, angular, or roughly square patches of about equal size presenting a spangled appearance.” This has opened up a whole lot of interruption on the pattern with many stones listed on the internet as Harlequin but which would not be called that if shown to opal valuers and professional dealers.

harlequin opal

Some Of the Many Descriptive Terms Utilized To Classify Harlequin Opals

  • Asteria Harlequin – a rare formation showing elongated colour units radiating outwards from a central nucleus.
  • Blue Harlequin – any Harlequin Opal of any subgroup showing a pronounced colour play in the blue spectrum.
  • Checkerboard Harlequin- exceptionally rare opal type showing regularly arranged square-shaped units of colour.
  • Cloverleaf Harlequin – units of colour forming a cloverleaf design by having a central unit surrounded by a ring of outer units.
  • Fish scale Harlequin – patter of colour resembling a fish scale design. *Flag Harlequin – a pattern of colour units resembling a three cornered flagstone paving.
  • Flagstone Harlequin – a pattern resembling the design or an irregular flagstone path.
  • Floral Harlequin – a splashy effect of units which can be likened to the bright floral patterns of dress material, or to bunches of flowers, Three of more units of colour, closely grouped, make up a flower, a very rare pattern.
  • Green Harlequin – any Harlequin opal with pronounced green hue
  • Hexagonal Harlequin – a very rare pattern showing hexagonal colour units arranged together in an interlocking design.
  • Palette Harlequin – a pattern with widely spaced units similar to the layout of colours on an artist’s palette.
  • *Square Harlequin – squarish disjointed colour units are present in the opal pattern.
  • *Peacock pattern Traditional Harlequin pattern with a fanning effect like peacock tail

See below a true harlequin black opal Body tone N1 Brightness 5  

Harlequin pattern black fire opal

Find Your Own Harlequin Opal

什么是丑角图案蛋白石在蛋白石世界中,Harlequin蛋白石是收藏家,蛋白石爱好者和矿工都希望他们能找到的一块石头。这是一种非常罕见的模式。在这种模式中,有些宝石可能只含有蛋白石的一小部分,但是这种模式需要将整块石头包裹起来而不仅仅是一个部分才能被称为真正的丑角蛋白石。

丑角蛋白石定义

真正的小丑图案是收缩钻石或细长方格的重复图案

Harlequin这个词是16世纪用来描述歌剧戏剧commedia dell'arte中的喜剧演员的一个法语单词,这个角色穿着一件颜色不规则的不规则形状。

这种模式是Lightning Ridge的黑蛋白石独有的,而红火是迄今为止最罕见的。具有这种图案的N1体色的黑欧泊在蛋白石领域每克拉价值约5,000至30,000美元。它显示了这种模式是多么罕见,买家愿意在蛋白石领域支付这笔钱。

下面的图片是从未切割到最终抛光的相同石头。令人惊讶的是,粗糙的这种不起眼的石头会产生这个星球上最稀有的宝石之一。

丑角图案蛋白石

埃塞俄比亚蛋白石也可能有这种丑角模式,但是从仅售出3-4只的埃塞俄比亚蛋白石中,实际上有一种真正的Harlequin蛋白石模式。你会看到许多其他网站上列出的丑角蛋白石不是真正的丑角蛋白石。

大多数矿工,如果幸运的话,他们一生中只能找到一个真正的丑角蛋白石。 Barry O'Leary(蛋白石作者)对Harlequin蛋白石的定义是“珍贵的蛋白石,呈现出规则的马赛克式彩色图案,呈圆形,角形或大致方形的大小相等,呈现出闪烁的外观。”这开辟了一个整体很多中断的模式与互联网上列出的许多石头作为丑角,但如果显示给蛋白石估价师和专业经销商,将不会被称为。

丑角蛋白石

用于分类丑角蛋白石的许多描述性术语中的一些

  • Asteria Harlequin - 一种罕见的形态,显示从中央核向外辐射的细长单位。
  • Blue Harlequin - 任何子组的任何Harlequin蛋白石,在蓝色光谱中显示明显的颜色。
  • 棋盘丑角 - 特别罕见的蛋白石类型,显示规则排列的方形彩色单位。
  • Cloverleaf Harlequin - 通过一个由外部单元环围绕的中央单元形成立体式设计的颜色单元。
  • 鱼鳞丑角 - 类似于鱼鳞设计的颜色模式。 * Flag Harlequin - 一种颜色单位的图案,类似于三角的石板铺路。
  • Flagstone Harlequin - 类似于设计的图案或不规则的石板路径。
  • 花卉丑角 - 单位的泼溅效果,可以比作明亮的花卉图案的服饰材料,或一束鲜花,三个单位的颜色,紧密分组,组成一个花,一个非常罕见的模式。
  • Green Harlequin - 任何具有明显绿色色调的Harlequin蛋白石
  • 六角形丑角 - 一种非常罕见的图案,显示六边形颜色单元以互锁设计排列在一起。
  • Palette Harlequin - 一种具有宽间距单位的图案,类似于艺术家调色板上的颜色布局。
  • *方形丑角 - 蛋白石图案中存在方形脱节的颜色单位。
  • *孔雀图案传统的小丑图案,具有扇形效果,如孔雀尾巴

见下面一个真正的丑角黑色蛋白石身体色调N1亮度5

丑角图案黑火蛋白石

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