Opal from near Mezezo, Shewa (also Shoa or Showa) Plateau, Amhara, Ethiopia - No. 35351 - Leopard skin-patterned opal nodule with bright opalescence (green to red play of colors) in the round shapes running through beige common opal. The opal is crystallized in parallel orientation resulting in the fire showing simultaneously - must be seen! Overall Size: 32x32x21 mm
Opal $75,000.00 Ethiopia Miniature, 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm This fine Ethiopian opal measures in at 88 carats. It is very difficult to find clean rough in this size from the Ethiopian deposits, and this stone would be expensive simply for its quality and size in any case. Opals are notoriously hard to photograph, and keep in mind that in person, the piece would show a further chatoyance and depth that is hard to capture with the camera lens. Joe Budd Photos.
Rare and Renowned Red-on-Black Opal—“The Flame Queen”. Weighing approximately 263.18 carats and measuring approximately 72.13 x 57.73 x 11.5mm. The most unusual color pattern of this remarkable opal is best described as having the appearance of a fried egg—gemologically known as the “eye-of-opal” effect—created when opal infills a cavity. Polished as a broad, pear-shaped buff top cabochon, its flashes change from vivid red to fiery bronze. Sold for US$ 120,000 inc. premium.