Ethiopian Opal, or Welo Opal, was discovered approximately 700km North West of the capital of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa at a mining site known as Welo in 2008. Ethiopian Opal represents some of the Earth’s best crystal material, and is so very unique to any other gemstone that has been found to date.Read More
Ethiopian Opal is considered by many jewellers around the world to be one of the finest quality opals. The high transparency of these opals allows you to facet, carve or cab these opals if you wish very easily! Much of the material in these opals is hydrothane; meaning it can soak up water! That means these opals do change colours in different climates. The material wont ‘dry out’ or crack due to this, however you should avoid soaking in water.
Mexican Fire Opals are beautiful orange crystals from Mexico. They are often cut as cabochons or as facets. They are mined in cavities that run thru extinct volcanoes.
Mexican Canterra Opals are fire opals that have the matrix host rock left on them, and polished as cabochons into various shapes. Some of these opals known as galaxy opals are manmade, where the rock part has been compacted and the freeform canterra opal has been glued into it. You can usually tell the manmade galaxy opals as they are often always the same shape due to similar sized moulds that have been used.