Magnificent Lightning Ridge solid crystal opal. Video will open in a new window. Estimated average retail value (gemval_com). 13.6 x 10.3 x 6.6 millimetres. Ultra-bright green, gold and blue colours from front to back.
Exceptional three-dimensional flashfire pattern skin to skin. Very hard to find better. Classic oval-shaped cabochon, with excellent proportions and a high dome. Brightly coloured patterned precious opal skin to skin.Polished back with superb colour and pattern, with a small polished divot where a sand inclusion was removed -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. Transparent opals are always extremely difficult to photograph, and this one is no exception.
Like all transparent opals it will look different depending on the background and lighting, so I've photographed it against two backgrounds to show how different it can appear. Much, much better than shown. A exceptionally bright gem, this spectacular Lightning Ridge solid crystal opal exhibits brilliant green, gold and blue colours throughout a transparent crystal opal body. Photos really can't do this one justice, it is a stunning gem that will look magnificent set as an heirloom-quality ring or pendant, or add it to an investment gemstone collection.
Very highly recommended, a top gem-quality crystal opal for the connoisseur. 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. See my outstanding feedback with lots of repeat customers!Wholesalers and overseas buyers welcome! 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 "STUNNING 5.51ct GREEN-GOLD-BLUE 13x11mm SOLID CRYSTAL OPAL LIGHTNING RIDGE" is in sale since Saturday, December 1, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Loose Diamonds & Gemstones\Loose Gemstones\Opal\Other Opals".
The seller is "kasle46" and is located in Bald Hills, QLD. This item can be shipped worldwide.