1.7" Ethiopian Chocolate Opal - Yita Ridge

This is a gorgeous, 1.7" wide center of an Ethiopian chocolate opal nodule from the Mezezo Opal Occurrence in Ethiopia. These opal specimens exhibit eye-catching flash and have been left in their raw, natural state. This specimen features a dancing play of color that flitters between red, orange, purple, and green. Pictures simply can't do justice to the beauty of this opal.

As is, this specimen makes a stunning display piece but is also perfect for shaping and polishing by an experienced lapidarist.

Ethiopian chocolate opal is a nodular form of opal that was discovered in the 1990's. They form within a roughly 10 foot thick layer of volcanic ash on the northern side of Yita ridge in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia. These nodules are known for their chocolate-like coloration and exceptional color play, though only a small percentage of these nodules actual display opalescence. Red and orange are the most common colors seen, with blue being quite rare. Specimens with a complete color spectrum are understandably considered to be the highest quality of Ethiopian chocolate opal.


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DETAILS
SPECIES
Opal (Silica)
LOCATION
Yita ridge, Mezezo Opal Occurrence, North Shewa Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia
SIZE
1.7 x 1.4"
ITEM
#211267