Ethiopian Black Opal, Cabochon, 16.25 ct (Specimen)
This polished black opal is from the recently discovered deposit at Stayish mine near the town of Gashena. We source rough opals and cut and polish custom-made cabochons for jewelry companies and collectors.
External reference: GIA: New Deposit of Black Opal from Ethiopia, 2014.
Black opal – non-hydrophane (does not absorb water)
|Length / width / depth|
22.82 mm / 16.45 mm / 7.78 mm
N1 (N1 – N4 are the black body tone types)
1 (1 = brightest, 7= dullest)
No treatment, 100% natural
GIA: New Deposit of Black Opal from Ethiopia, 2014
1. Black opal is found at the contact zone / stratum between volcanic rock and an underlying clay-rich layer;
2. This opal-bearing layer is contained in a single stratum and extends for c. 10-50 km along the mountain belt;
3. The black opal yielded is non-hydrophane and does not absorb water;
4. Extracted material generally comes as nodules and chunks that are 2–5 cm long; and
5. The colour patterns include: harlequin, patchwork, honeycomb etc..
BLACK OPAL DEPOSIT LOCATION
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