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Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 24.52 carats


Item: opal104-ethiopian-opal-rough
this genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 24.52 carats
1.1" x 1" x 0.55" thick
(28mm x 25.5mm x 14mm)
mined in Ethiopia
Price: $148.08
This unique piece of genuine Ethiopian opal gem rough is completely natural, just as it was found in the earth! Within the opal there is very beautiful color-play in flashes of green, yellow, red and orange colors as you turn it. The photo at left was taken under incandescent light. It shows an area with a fresh surface break which nicely reveals the color-play inside. The remaining surfaces are mostly covered with a very thin layer of rough opaque opal. This untreated opal specimen makes a great mineral specimen of natural Ethiopian opal just as it is. This precious opal rough specimen could also be set into jewelry just as it is to make a wonderful Ethiopian opal jewelry item as well. There is a little matrix on some surfaces, and there are several large internal cracks inside separating some small but completely clean areas that could be cut into completely clean Ethiopian opal gemstones weighing from 1/2 to one carat each with good color-play. See also a side view photo.

Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 12.56 carats


Item: opal102-ethiopian-opal-rough
this genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 12.56 carats
0.8" x 0.6" x 0.4" thick
(20mm x 15mm x 10mm)
mined in Ethiopia
Price: $198.00
This unique piece of untreated Ethiopian opal rough is completely natural just as it was found in the earth. Along one side there is a layer of very high grade opal with beautiful green, red, yellow and orange broad flashes of 100% natural colors. This lapidary grade opal layer would yield a single completely clean fine quality cabochon gem weighing over 4 carats. This genuine Ethiopian opal rough specimen has not been heated or treated in any way. The photo at left nicely shows the high grade opal layer along one side which makes up about 35% of the piece, and the milky opal layer with little to no color-play along the opposite side making up the remaining 65%. There is a very small amount of attached matrix. See also an opposite side view.

Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 11.70 carats


Item: opal106-ethiopian-opal-rough
This genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 11.70 carats
0.8" x 0.7" x 0.4" thick
(20mm x 18.5mm x 10mm)
Mined in Ethiopia
Price: $175.50
This untreated specimen of Ethiopian opal is completely natural, just as it was found in the earth. Over 90% of this high quality opal rough is completely clean inside, and the opal is transparent. Under incandescent light or sunlight it shows beautiful flashes of green, yellow and blue 100% natural colors here and there within its depths. Under less strong lighting, the colors are more subtle. These colors change as the light moves or as the piece is turned. This rare quality lapidary grade precious opal specimen would yield a single completely clean Ethiopian opal cabochon gem weighing 3.5 carats, or a completely clean free-form gem carving weighing even more. The photo at left shows a fresh surface break on one side which nicely shows the internal color-play under incandescent light. This beautiful precious opal specimen could be set in jewelry just as it is! There a small amount of matrix on some surfaces. See also a side photo.

Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 21.11 carats


Item: opal107-ethiopian-opal-rough
this genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 21.11 carats
1.25" x 0.8" x 0.5" thick
(31mm x 19mm x 12.5mm)
mined in Ethiopia
Price: $264.38
This untreated Ethiopian opal rough specimen is completely natural - just as it was found in the earth. The opal has no flaws inside, and in the upper part it has very fine color-play showing beautiful flashes of green, red, and orange natural colors. These colors change as the light moves or as the piece is turned. The lower part of the opal also shows some color-play when viewed under brighter lights. The photo at left was taken under incandescent light. It shows a fresh surface break which nicely reveals the color-play inside. The remaining surfaces are mostly covered with a very thin layer of opaque opal. This lapidary grade precious opal specimen would yield a single completely clean Ethiopian opal cabochon gem weighing 4.5 carats from the very high quality area in the upper part of the opal. This untreated Ethiopian opal specimen would look very nice if set into jewelry just as it is! There a small amount of matrix on the opposite side. See also a side view photo, and a back view photo.

Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 157.1 carats


Item: opal109-ethiopian-opal-rough
this genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 157.1 carats
1.5" x 1.3" x 1.1"
(38mm x 33mm x 28mm)
mined in Ethiopia
Price: $1885.20
This amazing specimen of untreated Ethiopian opal rough specimen is completely natural - just as it was found in the earth! This rare quality precious opal specimen has no cracks, and there is a very large flawless area inside weighing over 100 carats with fine color-play showing beautiful flashes of green, red, yellow, and orange natural colors. These wonderful colors change as the light moves or as the piece is turned. The photo at left was taken under incandescent light. It shows a fresh surface break which very nicely reveals the color-play inside. See also another view. Most of the remaining surfaces are covered with a thin layer of opaque opal and matrix. See also a side view photo, and a back view photo. This lapidary grade precious opal specimen makes a wonderful mineral specimen just as it is, although it would yield over 50 carats of completely clean Ethiopian opal cabochon gems with fine color-play! This untreated Ethiopian opal specimen is a spectacular natural opal mineral specimen!

Ethiopian Opal Gem Rough Specimen, 34.0 carats


Item: opal108-ethiopian-opal-rough
this genuine Ethiopian opal rough weighs 34.0 carats
1.1" x 0.8" x 0.8" thick
(28mm x 20mm x 20mm)
mined in Ethiopia
Price: $544.00
This untreated Ethiopian opal rough specimen is completely natural - just as it was found in the earth. There is a large clean area inside weighing over 20 carats with no flaws and with fine color-play showing beautiful flashes of green, red, yellow, and orange natural colors. These colors change as the light moves or as the piece is turned. The photo at left was taken under incandescent light. It shows a fresh surface break which nicely reveals the color-play inside. Most of the remaining surfaces are covered with a very thin layer of opaque opal. This lapidary grade precious opal specimen makes a wonderful mineral specimen just as it is, although it would yield 10-15 carats of completely clean Ethiopian opal cabochon gems with beautiful color-play. This untreated Ethiopian opal specimen would also look very nice if set into jewelry just as it is! There a small amount of matrix on the opposite side. See also a side view photo, and a back view photo.


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Each one of our Ethiopian opal rough specimens is 100% natural untreated opal just the way it was found in the earth! Here at mineralminers.com, we don't have any created opals! We have genuine Ethiopian opal gem grade rough and mineral specimens available for use as fine mineral specimens just as they are or to be set in jewelry "as is", or they can be handcrafted into carvings and cabochon gems of natural solid opal with beautiful color play.

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The recently discovered opal find near Delanta in the Welo Province of Ethiopia is now producing very stable jewelry grade opal with bright plays of green, red, blue, and orange colors in beautiful harlequin patterns. This new Ethiopian opal is completely natural and has proven to be just as hard and stable as fine Australian opal and Brazilian opal. The body color of this new Ethiopian opal ranges from golden-brown to white to colorless to blue, and the transparency varies from translucent to crystal clear. The mostly transparent Ethiopian opals with color play are sometimes called jelly opal gemstones and the semi-transparent opals with fine color play are often called crystal opal gemstones. Both have beautiful flashes of color inside. Some of these opals tend to absorb water and change their transparency and colors if placed in water, and then they recover their original play of color and transparency after being removed from the water and drying out. This type of natural opal is known as hydrophane opal. We have these completely natural Ethiopian opals set into fine jelly opal necklaces, Jelly & crystal opal earrings, and wonderful crystal opal necklaces!

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