An Exquisite 2200 Precious Crystal Opal Collection
from Coober Pedy, Australia
The largest collection known to exist in the United States!
AA & AAA - Same mine - Circa 1979 - 39 years stable
Natural - Untreated - Solid - Uncirculated - Pristine
Zero Crazing or Cracking
All Calibrated to the most popular Jewelry sizes
5mm x 3mm - Pears - 311
6mm x 4mm - Pears - 657
6mm x 4mm - Ovals - 595
7mm x 5mm - Ovals - 491
8mm x 6mm - Ovals - 124
14mm x 10mm - Ovals - 13
Opals from Top looking down
Back View of a Single opal. Color through to the Base.
6mm x 4mm Parcel
Rare 14mm x 10mm Sunset Orange
Clear Crystal Multi-Color 14mm x 10mm
8mm x 6mm Parcel
"The Times Square Collection"
Champagne, Dazzling Neon, Romance...Midnight in New York City on New Years Eve !
Come back in time to 1979; the height of the great Australian opal boom. That's when these beauties were mined. Unlike today, "precious" opal was plentiful, and it is from these origins that was formed today's familiar understanding of what opal should look like; electric, multi-colored and light. Most people have never seen, nor can afford, at fifteen thousand dollars a carat, black opal. Far too many have been sold on the idea that inexpensive Ethiopian opal is the standard in quality and that Australian opal, the world's recognized true standard, is all gone or unavailable. The most irritating gemstone to photograph, the brilliant flashes emanating
from within instantly demand attention at any gathering....and make it the most exciting of all gems. Diamonds are common. When confronted with fine Australian opal, the diamond bows.
What you have been viewing is a shipment of some of the very best light opal ever produced. Mined, cut and polished in Coober Pedy, it was shipped to America; only to be confiscated by U.S. Customs, we know not why, held for five years and put up for auction in 1984. That's when they were acquired by our family, and passed down for disbursement at this time to dealers and the general public. All are finished to the jewelry industry's most popular calibrated sizes. The range of options they provide the creative designer, as either stand alone or accent pieces, greatly expands any artisan's palette.
Of the twenty-two hundred pieces in this "Times Square Collection" you will not find one that is crazed or cracked...a typical and valued characteristic of Australian opals. Thus they will retain their stunningly captivating appeal, from generation to generation. Heirloom grade!
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