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Mexican Opal Loose Cabochon, Cantera Matrix Opal / Window Opal / 17.83ct / MO385

Mexican Opal Loose Cabochon, Cantera Matrix Opal / Window Opal / 17.83ct / MO385

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1970s
  • Craft type: Jewelry making
  • Material: Gemstone
  • Set: No
  • Favorited by: 3 people
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Description

This is a Mexican cantera opal cabochon with an amazing lost world inside. Every single one of these opals is different and the mineral inclusions and patterns inside and on the surface of each of these gems make it another marvel the world created! These are referred to as “Window to the Soul” opals. The opal is naturally formed in rhyolite matrix and the gem cutter uses skill to show the beauty of the opal in the natural matrix. This is a totally natural gem, be careful and watch out for constructed Ethiopian opals you see on the market that can appear similar but are not natural. This was cut in the 1960’s in Arizona and is a rare piece.

Size: 18.9 x 17.0 x 9.5 mm
Weight: 17.83ct

Opal was known to the Aztecs by the name Vitzitziltecpa, which means hummingbird stone, due to its similarity to the bright iridescent colors of the bird’s plumage. The original mining locations were lost during the Spanish conquest. They were rediscovered sometime in the early 1800s, by Sir Maria Siurab, in the state of Querétaro, some 130 miles northwest of the Mexico City. By 1960 there were hundreds of mines around the small town of Magdalena. From the early 1960s to the late 1970s much opal was produced by the mines in the state of Querétaro and the Magdalena area. This opal is from the 1980's which is the earlier deposits.

Perfect for setting in jewelry or adding to a great collection!!!

Please ask if you have any questions, thanks!
This is a Mexican cantera opal cabochon with an amazing lost world inside. Every single one of these opals is different and the mineral inclusions and patterns inside and on the surface of each of these gems make it another marvel the world created! These are referred to as “Window to the Soul” opals. The opal is naturally formed in rhyolite matrix and the gem cutter uses skill to show the beauty of the opal in the natural matrix. This is a totally natural gem, be careful and watch out for constructed Ethiopian opals you see on the market that can appear similar but are not natural. This was cut in the 1960’s in Arizona and is a rare piece.

Size: 18.9 x 17.0 x 9.5 mm
Weight: 17.83ct

Opal was known to the Aztecs by the name Vitzitziltecpa, which means hummingbird stone, due to its similarity to the bright iridescent colors of the bird’s plumage. The original mining locations were lost during the Spanish conquest. They were rediscovered sometime in the early 1800s, by Sir Maria Siurab, in the state of Querétaro, some 130 miles northwest of the Mexico City. By 1960 there were hundreds of mines around the small town of Magdalena. From the early 1960s to the late 1970s much opal was produced by the mines in the state of Querétaro and the Magdalena area. This opal is from the 1980's which is the earlier deposits.

Perfect for setting in jewelry or adding to a great collection!!!

Please ask if you have any questions, thanks!

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