Monday, December 30, 2013

New Ethiopian Opal looks like the ocean

The arrival of a new opal from the Welo district of Ethiopia is taking the gem world by storm.

Found in late 2013 in the Welo Amhara Regional State Highland plateau 2,500 – 3,200 meters above sea level, the newly discovered opal gem stone is quickly gaining attention thanks to its interior resembling an under water scene.
The brilliant colours rival any other top grade opal in the world. Most Welo Opals have a brightness level of at least 4 to 5, with hot neon multi-color and multiple pattern mix.

Along with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies, opal has long been regarded as the fifth precious gemstone.