3.22 ct Beautiful Fancy Shape (11 x 9 mm) Multi Color Australian Koroit Boulder Opal Natural Loose Gemstone. Unheated / Untreated Multi Color Color.
100% Natural Genuine & Mined from Earth Gemstone!! 10.79 x 8.52 x 3.71 mm. Mohs Hardness: 5.5-6.5 Found in Australia History: Opal is a semi-transparent solidified mineral composed of silicon and water.
Boulder opal refers to a clear water opal with brilliant color play and a distinctive dark chocolate brown ironstone matrix. This opal was formed when silica-bearing steam was forced into cracks in ironstone boulders and then mineralized. The name opal is derived from the Latin opalus and Sanskrit upala meaning precious stone. The Greek term opallios translates "to see a change in color".
The oldest known opal mine is in Czechoslovakia and dates to 14th century. Popularity of opal suffered in 19th century partially due to Sir Walter Scott's novel of a cursed stone and was thought to be bad luck. Queen Victoria promoted the stone in 1800s by giving opal jewelry to her children. In the middle ages, the stone was thought to make the wearer invisible, and was highly recommended to thieves.
Today, Australia is major source for opal and supplies abt 85% of the worlds opal. Do not immerse in hot water or a sonic cleaner. Opal is graded by size/cut/rarity/base color/fire color/fire intensity/fire pattern and fire consistency. The item "3.22 ct Beautiful Fancy (11 x 9 mm) Multi Color Australian Koroit Boulder Opal" is in sale since Thursday, January 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Loose Diamonds & Gemstones\Loose Gemstones\Opal\Boulder Opals".
The seller is "deluxegems" and is located in 32836. This item can be shipped worldwide.