Ethiopian Opal Rough is now one of our most popular
categories for rough opals as these opals offer good value to new and
professional opal cutters .
Most of our sellers source their Ethiopian rough opals
direct from opal miners and need government approval to take it out of the
country and now have to purchase cut stones also so this is making prices
New cutters can buy parcel lots of Ethiopian rough opals and
learn how to cut and polish on any basic cutting equipment. This type of opal
has thick colour bars so is very good to learn opal cutting.
Many professional cutters will work a parcel to find those
stone that have potential to have a pattern that is unique such a s Honeycomb, snakeskin,
Patchwork or Fish scale as these patterns can be expensive gems.
Popular opal fields include Menz Gishe District, North Shewa
Province, Welo, wello or Wollo rovince And Wegel Tena field.
Most opal cutters prefer to buy single pieces of Ethiopian rough
opals and if a piece of rough has cracks in them they are called specimens. This
means the cutter should cut the opal along the crack lines so to obtain best
opal from this piece of rough. Most are translucent but some rough are
chocolate colour and have fire red colours and others have dark base. These are
called Dark brown Ethiopian rough opals.
Some people name this black opal but it hasn’t not been approved
by gemmologist groups as black. Most black opal sold is actually smoked
Ethiopian opal and parcel lots rough have been sold as black opal to
All of our sellers are verified and have product knowledge
on Ethiopian opal and have to list any treatment of Ethiopian rough opals.