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This item sold on October 24, 2008.

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This is a dark crystal opal from the Lightning Ridge fields of Australia. This opal shows bluish\/purplish flash fire.

As a crystal opal, this gem is transparent. It will naturally take on some of the color characteristics of whatever background you choose for it.

Ranked on the standard opal scale of 1 to 5, this nice gem ranks a 3.

This opal has been polished to a fine sheen. The bottom edges have been lightly beveled to facilitate setting in your favorite jewelry.

This precious gem measures 7 mm X 6 mm x 2 mm and weighs .55 carats. There are 25.5 millimeters in one inch.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS:
We are happy to ship any where our products can be legally imported. Many countries prohibit or restrict importation of jewelry, stones and precious metals, so please check your customs regulations or contact us so we can check them for you. If you would like to see what items are prohibited or restricted to your country, you can find the information here: http:\/\/pe.usps.com\/text\/imm\/immctry.htm. You as the buyer are responsible for any customs duties, VATs, or import taxes.

A COUPLE OF NOTES ABOUT SOLID AUSTRALIAN OPALS

SETTING:
Solid opals are almost identical to glass on the Mohs hardness scale. Due to this fragility, opals are best bezel set, as prong setting does not offer the protection that these precious gems require. If you have never set opals before, please treat the stone gently. We do not calibrate our opals due to the incredible waste of material involved.

BACKGROUND:
Solid Australian opals are precious gems, and can be one of the most valuable gems in existence. Australian black opals from the Lightning Ridge fields can, in exceptional cases, be worth more than the best diamonds - as high as $25,000. per carat retail.

CUTTING:
We hand cut all of our opals following the natural features of the stone. This allows us to let the opal tell us what it would like to become, rather than forcing it into an unnatural finished shape. Cutting freeform is also much less wasteful than cutting calibrated cabachons. An old adage among those who cut opals says "listen to the stone", and that is what we try to do.

Please note that we do not sell inexpensive triplets or doublets. All of our opals are solid gems.

Thanks for coming by. We hope you will visit often. If you have any questions at all please feel free to drop us a line or convo us!

Dark Crystal Opal With Pretty Blue Fire 7 mm X 6 mm x 2 mm

Overview

  • Material: australian opal
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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