Also, I put all of my opals through a series of stability tests to help ensure that only the best most stable opals make it to market. On the top there are perfect honeycomb polka dots and on the back there are large puzzle pieces of color. While considering a purchase please also note that many Welo opals have their fire strongest while under incandescent light or in direct sunlight and may not be as lively on overcast winter day, again this is not a case with all of them or a feature that they suffer from exclusively opals from other localities will are sensitive to lighting conditions too but we feel that potential buyers should know this. To clean your opal it's best to use wet cloth or gently clean it under running water, you should avoid ultrasonic cleaners. These breaks in the alignment of the spheres account for the different patterns of opal. Opal Honeycomb Pro Color Nectar Collector Opal Honeycomb Pro Core The Nectar Collector Opal Honeycomb Pro Core is the result of 6 years of continuous evolution of the artistry and technology of the Nectar Collector.
The popularity increases because of this exposure to the public, and this demand also inflates prices. Why do cells form in synthetic opal? We will inform you the step bystep progress of consignment status, The Item will be shipped in safe and beautiful packing. If you want to learn more about opal care you can follow this link to our article on the subject —. Mid grade stones will tend to have the fire equal to that of a high end Australian opals, but will cost much less. After a longer period it may affect the play of colour as well.
Each piece sold has been handpicked and cut either by myself or one of several master cutters. Lifetime guarantee on workmanship for all components except stinger tips. What would have made this particular mine produce a lot, and others to produce very little, I don't know--but the wello opal is supposed to have formed pretty quickly, since there is still carbon in the fossilized twigs contained I read that somewhere, I'm sure. The opals you see here are unique to a very high degree. The porous nature of Ethiopian opal has brought the charlatans out who are trying to change the colors of the opals through use of dyes and smoke treatments. The price per carat of Ethiopian opal ranges from 10-250 per carat based on the intensity, variety and patterns of color.
Usually the smaller ones ones I've seen there are either lacking in color play or too concentrated in a specific color or two. How to do you care for Ethiopian Opal? Ethiopian Opals are region specific in character traits just like Australian opals. Ethiopian opals form in little nodules. Easy: Lick or moisten your fingertip before picking up the stone or just lick the stone. It loses color when immersed in water, the exact opposite of my Mexican stone. Please be aware that if you order from abroad you may be liable for paying appropriate duties and taxes.
All opal fields dry up over time and the value of your opal will continue to increase as supply and demand dictates. This places a lot of stress on the stone, and if it dries too quickly, the opal can crack of craze. I think it's time to bring Marco Campos-Venuti into the conversation. Medium grade opals will have good color play and can have any range of light to dark backgrounds. What you are bidding on is TopShelfOpal from Welo,Ethiopia.
Mexican and Indonesian opal seem to me most similar to Ethiopian of all the opals I've worked with: they're volcanic in origin and some are hydrophanes -- but with a difference! I think the explanation is probably pretty simple. Having worked with Welos since the discovery of the new finds, We have developed special techniques and steps to ensure that only the most stable make it to auction. Hazing is most common in Mexican Opals and Virgin Valley Opals Cracks: This usually happens if an opal gets saturated in water, and then dries out too quickly. Opals like to be worn. Welo opal is the most stable opal find in Ethiopia to date. Great info, thanks so much. All photographs of the Ethiopian hydrophane opals are taken dry as to give a true depiction of what the opal actually looks like.
If you wish to pay with different terms then please contact me before bidding to make arrangements. The nodules are usually broken open with hammers to tell if there is any good opal inside. So what you see is the matrix, with tiny flashes of color in the stone. We try to depict each jewel and gem as accurately as possible and do not use colour altering techniques during post processing stage. The best stones are bright red with good blue, green and purple fire in them. The best way I could think to strengthen an opal would be to stick it in the ground for a couple million years, wait for it to melt and let the atoms rearrange into quartz.
I can't wrap my head around why it happens. Type 1, 2 and 3. All transactions conducted this way are extremely secure and ensure that no-one has access to your credit card information. Cons: 95% of Ethiopian opals are hydrophane opals. If you want to learn more about opal care you can follow this link to our article on the subject —. The Nectar Collector Opal Honeycomb Pro Hammer Kit is the result of 6 years of continuous evolution of the artistry and technology of the Nectar Collector. All non-paid items may be voided and relisted.