This is an outstanding trillian shaped Ehtiopian Welo opal. This is an untreated stone- no smoke, no sugar, no treatment of any type including no fissure filling and no dye or diffusion. This stone was mined in Ethiopia and cut and polished- that's all!
This stone weighs 1.03 cts and the dimensions are 9.10 x 9.23 x 3.99mm deep. Opal is not very dense so even though this stone is just over a carat, it is quite large as you can see by the dimensions!
My wife Melanie and I give you a 31-day inspection period and the option to return any gemstone that does not thrill you for a full refund. Why do we do this? It's very simple. If you look at the prices of stones that we have sold on this forum you can see very plainly that one stone will not be a good living for us. We do, however, make a good living in this business! How? By keeping the same clients coming back over and over and over again because of great value and consistently high quality.
If you have not yet visited our blog, please do so. There is a link at the bottom of my post (in the signature space) that will take you to our gallery. You will see a couple of flip books there- the one on top is mostly stones and jewelry and wax models, while the one on the bottom is pictures in Thailand. We are in Thailand most of the time these days but also spend time in Ohio visiting family when we have the chance.
One reason I am so excited to offer high quality Welo opal is because I believe it is a great value in today's market. It rivals the best Australian opal for a fraction of the price. I believe in time the value of Ethiopian and Australian opals will grow much closer, but for now there is a wonderful opportunity to own some really fine quality for modest prices.
This opal is just so alive with play-of-color, and the hues are so vivid that it would be hard not to love it. The neon greens are simply other-worldly and the reds and very intense. The waves of green and yellow and orange that flutter as you tilt the stone back and forth will thrill you.
Lets start this 24-hour auction at 15BTC with an increment of 1BTC.