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TTC-QVQOpal (Var: Precious Opal) SiO2·nH2O


Dimensions: .5 inches x .5 inches x .3 inches
Field of View: 5 inches
Largest Crystal Size: .5 inches
Weight: .4 g

I read that this stone is named Ethiopian Opal or "Chocolate Opal." Supposedly "chocolate" because of, and I quote, "This stone is also known as the "Chocolate Opal" because of its chocolate color inside its nodule." from Emily Gems website. But, from what I've read and saw, this Ethiopian/ Chocolate Opal is more scientifically named Water Opal or perhaps Precious Opal, because it has the characteristics of being, and I quote, "Transparent, colorless opal that contains flashes of color swimming within it." Joel Arem. Its locality whereabouts are not known to me, so I'm not certain if this Opal was actually mined in Ethiopia.

I know that different Opal classification is according to color, brilliance and other observations, so in my conclusion, depending on who classifies what, this particular Opal can be classified as, Precious Ethiopian Chocolate Water Opal. Precious as having precious qualities, Ethiopian as perhaps being mined in Ethiopia, Chocolate from it's nodule and Water having traditional Water Opal qualities.

Opal is 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 on the Moh's Hardness scale, yet is very brittle. I also concluded that this stone must be kept in a moist area because of it's components which primarily consist of Water and Silica; if not kept in a moist place, or submerged in water every now and then, it will lose it's color, become brittle and ultimately crack.

I took this photo with my personal phone (Galaxy Note One)and used a led flashlight. I ordered this stone about 4 days ago and just today(May 17, 2014)the Opal arrived in the mail via. USPS. I bought this gem from a website called Emily Gems. The information I provided to you (the reader) was concluded from my knowledge recieved from various websites and books; primarily from the book Gems and Jewelry by Joel Arem.
Photo ID: 614366     Uploaded by: Scarlet Dream Clayton   View Count: 98   Approval status: User gallery only    Type: Photo - 960 x 916 pixels (0.9 Mpix)
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