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Ethiopian Mezezo Chocolate Opal Specimen

$88,500

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This extraordinary Mezezo opal specimen hails from the highlands of Africa and is, quite simply, one of the most amazing opals we have ever seen. Found in the Amhara Province of Ethiopia, this specimen weighs an unbelievable 791.61 carats and is comprised of a smooth exposed surface attached to a rough nodule. The characteristic brown coloring which has earned these jewels the moniker “Chocolate opals” informs the entire piece, and against this warm background, a rainbow of bright, even neon colors explodes, from reds and pinks to green and yellow, as well as rare indigos and purples. Once used by early man as tools, Ethiopian opals have only begun to be mined in the 1990s. Usually found in a round nodular form within a 3 meter thick layer of welded volcanic ash, these opals are plentiful, yet only about 1% of these nodules contain any color at all, let along the striking diversity of color that this piece exhibits. These amazing gems are so new to the market, yet they are gaining in popularity at an exponential rate. To find one of such large size and exquisite beauty is a rare treasure.

Details

  • Stone
  • Weight
    791.61 ct
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    Ethiopia
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 30-18431stDibs: LU1353850151

Shipping & Returns

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    Free Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 8-17 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: New Orleans, LA
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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