Fire Opal (with color flash)

Gems, 8.69 mm x 5.41 mm, 0.86 ct
Start Time: 04/11/2024 7:30:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 04/18/2024 7:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $95

Item Description

Mexico for many years has been a source of some of the finest Fire Opal gems in the world. These wonderful stones are among some of the biggest, brightest and most intense color Fire Opals on Earth. There has been an increase in the price of fine quality Fire Opal from Mexico in the last few years, as the material seems to be more and more difficult to obtain, especially in such vivid stones like this one. This "Oval Cabochon" gem shows a lovely saturated orange hue, but the best part is the fact that it shows the highly desirable and seldom seen COLOR FLASH or "Contra Luz" effect which is the multicolor "rainbow"-like array that is seen when strong light is reflected through the stone. 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, the stone shows flashes of green, red, orange and gold. These flashes of color are only seen in about 1% of all Mexican Fire Opals ! It's a very attractive stone, and would make a great piece of jewelry, or would stand on its own as a beautiful gem.

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Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$95 04/17/2024 6:53:15 pm (CDT)
$85 04/17/2024 6:53:06 pm (CDT)
$80 04/17/2024 6:53:06 pm (CDT)
$60 04/17/2024 6:42:25 pm (CDT)
$50 04/17/2024 6:37:51 pm (CDT)
$45 * 04/12/2024 11:50:44 pm (CDT)
$45 * 04/12/2024 11:50:44 pm (CDT)
$40 04/12/2024 11:50:38 pm (CDT)
$35 04/12/2024 11:50:38 pm (CDT)
$30 04/11/2024 11:08:26 pm (CDT)
$25 04/11/2024 11:08:26 pm (CDT)
$10 04/11/2024 9:12:46 pm (CDT)
* Proxy Bid Battle: In the event of two customers inputting matching proxy bids, the leading bid goes to the earliest of the two proxy bids. Tie winners are shown in bold.