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Vintage Antique Crystal Fire Opal Bead 9ct Necklace

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Moonstonelover21's items2 of 765Vintage Deco Yellow/ Orange Star Sapphire 14k Ring Early Loetz Alpenrot Jeweled Enamelled Trio Of Vases, Ca 1893
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Moonstonel…
    (765 items)

    This is a wonderful quality Fire Opal necklace. The opals are of incredible quality. The clarity is amazingly clear and vibrant. I am not sure the origins of the opals. I would love to find out. This is about 16-17" in length. Many thanks for looking

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Yeah! back to Opals! ;-)

      They may be Ethiopian Welo opals, the test is if you soak them in water, they will become all transparent until they dry out. :-)

      https://bijouler.wordpress.com/tag/welo-opal-jewelry/

      extract from this page:
      http://www.diamonds.net/Magazine/Article.aspx?ArticleID=38027&RDRIssueID=85

      "the Wollo Province deposit was hailed as one of the most promising deposits of precious opal for the coming years in the Summer 2010 issue of Gems & Gemology and the Summer 2011 issue of InColor. “Wollo opal should be recognized as a new type because it can absorb or lose water, affecting transparency and play-of-color when wet, but recovering all its qualities when dry,” report researchers. They describe this new Ethiopian opal find as different from the opals of Shewa Province. Laboratory testing of the Wollo opal revealed most specimens were resistant to crazing after repeatedly being immersed in water and dried out over a period of time. Not only are they stable, researchers say, they’re surprisingly tough."
    2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 4 years ago
      Kyra, thanks!!! Will look into that. I will let u know
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      With pleasure, Moonstonelover :-)
    4. adelong5, 3 years ago
      Where do you find your moonstone pieces? I'd like to find some quality antique stuff but am having a hard time. Thanks!
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      I love it!

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