Outstanding full spectrum multicolours sparkling across most the front, dominated by brilliant orange and contrasting royal blue and emerald green tones. Very flashy mix of broadflash, rolling flash, and blocky flashfire patterns. Superb combination that is constantly changing and sparkling as the opal is moved, with a contrasting black bar in the centre that works really well with the bold pattern. Large and impressive freeform-shaped cabochon, with excellent proportions and a low dome. Perfect for a magnificent pendant or eye-popping ring.
Brightly coloured precious opal across the front. Polished natural black opal back with a moderately-sized opal matrix inclusion that is not visible from the front. No cracks, any lines are natural marbling or intersections between the colours.
World famous Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. Absolutely none other than professional cutting and polishing. 100% natural earth mined solid opal. The colour, pattern and brilliance of this superb opal are shown fairly accurately in the photos and video.
Perfect for an heirloom-quality jewellery piece, this rare and very impressive solid black opal from world famous Lightning Ridge has a magnificent display of. Vivid full spectrum multicolours and an amazing pattern. Displaying loads of very highly sought and hard to find orange-gold colours contrasted by deep blues, greens and blacks, this outstanding opal will make an amazing jewellery piece that is certain to be treasured.Highly recommended - a very rare gem quality solid black opal at a bargain price. All my opals come individually boxed in attractive display cases, and are sent. Please check out my other opals.
Unlike most gemstones, valuing opals can be very subjective and is often influenced by the personal taste of the valuer. I use an online appraisal system (Gemval) to provide an estimate of the relative value of all my opals, and also provide my personal estimate of retail value based my 35+ years experience in the opal business. Photography is an enjoyable part of my opal hobby, and to make my photos as accurate as possible all my photos and videos are taken using a professional lighting system that replicates natural sunlight, and a digital SLR camera in standard mode. All photos and video are exactly how they came from the camera, with no enhanced settings or retouching in any way.
Because every opal photographs differently, I also include in the description additional comments about the accuracy of the photos. Despite the care I take in accurately photographing and describing my opals, differences in computer monitors and lighting can sometimes occur.
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Opal Body Tone Scale as per recommendation by the Australian Opal and Gem Industry Association Ltd. 1 Faint, 2 Dull, 3 Bright, 4 Very Bright, 5 Brilliant - Gem Quality. My name is Ken and I love opals. I have been cutting opals off and on for the past 35 years, including running my own successful opal business in the 1970s, cutting, wholesaling and exporting thousands of opals to customers all over Australia and Asia. During this time, I've made lots of friends and mining contacts on every opal field in Australia.These days I've retired from the trade, but I still love the thrill of cutting and polishing opal, as unlike other gemstones you never really know how an opal will turn out until it is completely finished and polished. I only cut opals for the pleasure as a hobby, not for the profit. Having friends and long time contacts on all of the opal fields means I source quality opal rough easier and cheaper than others.
I also still have a large quantity of rough opal that I have obtained over the years. My 35+ years experience means I can quickly cut and finish opals to the highest standard, using techniques I have developed and the latest cutting and polishing equipment.
I enjoy hearing from people, answering any opal-related questions, and talking to all those other opal lovers out there! Cutting and collecting opals is a great hobby that has given me many years of pleasure, and hopefully will give me many more! THANKS FOR LOOKING AND HAVE GORGEOUS DAY! The item "EXCEPTIONAL 16 x12mm ORANGE BLUE GREEN 3.18ct SOLID BLACK OPAL LIGHTNING RIDGE" is in sale since Thursday, October 31, 2019.This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Loose Diamonds & Gemstones\Loose Gemstones\Opal\Black Opals". The seller is "kasle46" and is located in Bald Hills, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.