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What is a Harlequin Pattern Opal?
什麼是丑角圖案蛋白石?
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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

什麼是丑角圖案蛋白石在蛋白石世界中,Harlequin蛋白石是收藏家,蛋白石愛好者和礦工都希望他們能找到的一塊石頭。這是一種非常罕見的模式。在這種模式中,有些寶石可能只含有蛋白石的一小部分,但是這種模式需要將整塊石頭包裹起來而不僅僅是一個部分才能被稱為真正的丑角蛋白石。

丑角蛋白石定義

真正的小丑圖案是收縮鑽石或細長方格的重複圖案

Harlequin這個詞是16世紀用來描述歌劇戲劇commedia dell'arte中的喜劇演員的一個法語單詞,這個角色穿著一件顏色不規則的不規則形狀。

這種模式是Lightning Ridge的黑蛋白石獨有的,而紅火是迄今為止最罕見的。具有這種圖案的N1體色的黑歐泊在蛋白石領域每克拉價值約5,000至30,000美元。它顯示了這種模式是多麼罕見,買家願意在蛋白石領域支付這筆錢。

下面的圖片是從未切割到最終拋光的相同石頭。令人驚訝的是,粗糙的這種不起眼的石頭會產生這個星球上最稀有的寶石之一。

丑角圖案蛋白石

埃塞俄比亞蛋白石也可能有這種丑角模式,但是從僅售出3-4隻的埃塞俄比亞蛋白石中,實際上有一種真正的Harlequin蛋白石模式。你會看到許多其他網站上列出的丑角蛋白石不是真正的丑角蛋白石。

大多數礦工,如果幸運的話,他們一生中只能找到一個真正的丑角蛋白石。 Barry O'Leary(蛋白石作者)對Harlequin蛋白石的定義是“珍貴的蛋白石,呈現出規則的馬賽克式彩色圖案,呈圓形,角形或大致方形的大小相等,呈現出閃爍的外觀。”這開闢了一個整體很多中斷的模式與互聯網上列出的許多石頭作為丑角,但如果顯示給蛋白石估價師和專業經銷商,將不會被稱為。

丑角蛋白石

用於分類丑角蛋白石的許多描述性術語中的一些

  • Asteria Harlequin - 一種罕見的形態,顯示從中央核向外輻射的細長單位。
  • Blue Harlequin - 任何子組的任何Harlequin蛋白石,在藍色光譜中顯示明顯的顏色。
  • 棋盤丑角 - 特別罕見的蛋白石類型,顯示規則排列的方形彩色單位。
  • Cloverleaf Harlequin - 通過一個由外部單元環包圍的中央單元形成立體式設計的顏色單元。
  • 魚鱗丑角 - 類似於魚鱗設計的顏色模式。 * Flag Harlequin - 一種顏色單位的圖案,類似於三角的石板鋪路。
  • Flagstone Harlequin - 類似於設計的圖案或不規則的石板路徑。
  • 花卉丑角 - 單位的潑濺效果,可以比作明亮的花卉圖案的服飾材料,或一束鮮花,三個單位的顏色,緊密分組,組成一個花,一個非常罕見的模式。
  • Green Harlequin - 任何具有明顯綠色色調的Harlequin蛋白石
  • 六角形丑角 - 一種非常罕見的圖案,顯示六邊形顏色單元以互鎖設計排列在一起。
  • Palette Harlequin - 一種具有寬間距單位的圖案,類似於藝術家調色板上的顏色佈局。
  • *方形丑角 - 蛋白石圖案中存在方形脫節的顏色單位。
  • *孔雀圖案傳統的小丑圖案,具有扇形效果,如孔雀尾巴

見下面一個真正的丑角黑色蛋白石身體色調N1亮度5

丑角圖案黑火蛋白石

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