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Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct

Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
Black Opal 17.12x14.02mm Oval Cabochon 8.67ct
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Australian Lightning Ridge black opal 8.67ct 17.12x14.02x6.09mm oval cabochon with flashfire play of color. The gemstone was mined and cut in Australia. The stone has been appraised by Craig Lynch G.G. for $8,840.00.

This stunning Lightning Black opal oval cabochon is of substantial size with eye-catching characteristics. The large floral pattern displays vibrant greens with underlying blues which glow strongly, even in very subdued light. The top dome has a pleasant height with good symmetry and is free of any inclusions. The reverse side is partially covered with a thin layer of natural sandstone which is a common occurrence with cut stones from Lightning Ridge. Included with the purchase of this opal is a Craig Lynch appraisal with an estimated retail replacement value of $8,440.

Ancient Roman scholar and author Pliny the Elder once wrote "There is in them a softer fire than the Ruby, there is the brilliant purple of the Amethyst, and the sea green of the Emerald - all shining together in incredible union..." What a magnificent tribute to Opal, often called the Queen of Gems. Prized for its unique and fiery play of color phenomenon, no opal is more treasured than black opal, especially those found in the Lightning Ridge mining fields of southeastern Australia. After precious black opals were discovered there in the early 20th century, Lightning Ridge quickly became the world's major source of the finest black opal. The most coveted of all opal varieties, black opal is called the "king of opals". Its dark background color sets the spectral colors ablaze, much like a storm cloud behind a rainbow. Today, the Lightning Ridge fields yield little of these precious opals, which has only led to its increased desirability among collectors across the globe.

Craig A. Lynch, G.G., is an Accredited Senior Gemologist and Certified Insurance Appraiser. Mr. Lynch has more than 35 years experience in the jewelry and gemstone industries and is the owner of Ouellet and Lynch, an independent appraisal firm in Phoenix, AZ. His company appraises fine jewelry for retail stores in the western U.S. and regularly appraises and consults for law firms, banks and private individuals. Mr. Lynch has served for more than 10 years on the Board of Directors of the International Accredited Gemologists Association. He is a past president of the Arizona Jewelers Association as well as a member of the Jewelers of America and the Jewelers Security Alliance. A published author, Mr. Lynch has appeared on numerous television shows as a jewelry expert and prides himself in keeping abreast of the latest developments in the gemological field.

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