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Fire / Jelly Opal (with "Contra Luz" color flash) viewBack to $50 RESERVE GEMSTONE AUCTION - Ends SATURDAY November 24th, 2018

Ethiopia
  • Starting Time:11/15/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Ending Time:11/24/2018 07:00:00 PM(CST)
  • Time Left:Auction Is Closed

  • Start Bid:$50
  • Reserve Bid:$50
  • Current Bid:n/a
  • Size:0.41 ct
  • Size Description:7.25 mm x 5.19 mm

Description:Recently there has been some very attractive and impressive Fire Opals coming out of Ethiopia. These gems rival some of the better Mexican stones for color, gemminess and the ever popular "Contra Luz" effect. This "Oval Cabochon" cut gem has has a beautiful soft whitish golden color in reflected light, but in transmitted light, it shows the highly desirable and seldom seen COLOR FLASH or "Contra Luz" effect with a beautiful rainbow-like array of color ! Now the color flash is best seen in sunlight or with a strong flashlight against a black background, and this stone was photographed under a strong flashlight to show the color flash. When strongly lit, this stone shows flashes of blue, green, red, yellow and gold. These flashes of color are only seen in about 1% of the Fire Opals that I have seen from Ethiopia ! It's a very attractive stone, and would make a great piece of jewelry, or would stand on its own as a beautiful gem. Valued at $400 per carat high retail. How often does one have a chance to purchase a completely natural multi-color Fire Opal gem for such a reasonable starting bid ?

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