Boulder Opal Unset
Size: 37 mm round Type: Genuine Australian solid boulder opal Total Carats: 92.00 Shape: Round – very large stone suitable for belt buckle or large opal pendant Origin: Winton or Quilpie Australia Shipping: Free to your door or post office box by registered mail. Packaging: Black velvet pouch or gem box
Description of this opal:
This quality boulder opal comes from the Western Queensland Opal fields. Stones like this are becoming rarer as the opal fields are running out. The price of Opal, unlike many gemstones is influenced by supply and demand, not by international cartels who agree on price increases. Hence, opal is destined to go up in value as the supply becomes more restricted which is happening at present. The color of these stones is completely natural, in contrast to diamonds [for example] which depends on man-made facets to reflect the spectrum colors.
Many Boulder Opals are presented with some of their ‘mother’ ironstone showing in the foreground. This often adds to the interest of the opal piece because the patterns and shapes that present themselves often stimulate the imagination, much like the clouds in a clear blue sky. Some of these lovely pieces conjure the imagination and can be called ‘picture’ or ‘personality’ opals. In this case, the ironstone shows brilliant flecks of gem opal color, against the black boulder ironstone and are like stars in the sky. The ironstone ‘mother’ holds the ‘baby’ which is the opal. Hence the term: ‘matrix’ (mother) opal.
This stone has an amazing likeness of orange and green fire in the center with burning red coals at the base with white ‘ashlike’ patterns. Can make a huge pendant or a belt buckle.
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