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Burton's Gems and Opals

4lb Painted Lady Opal Specimen

4lb Painted Lady Opal Specimen

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Pre-Polished Painted Lady Opal Specimen:

Large boulder specimen of Painted Lady sandstone matrix opal.  Predominant colors are green, blue, and pinkish red.  This particular material appears brighter in person than in photographs.

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The Origin: Andamooka, South Australia

The Measurements: Approximately 5" x 6" x 2.75"

The Weight: Approximately 4 pounds

The Brightness: 2.5 of 5

Additional Notes: There is a spot of repair where a miner attempted to split the boulder to see if precious opal runs through the entire stone.  It appears to have been repaired with epoxy.  See photos for additional detail.

The Scientific:

  • sandstone matrix
  • predominant color flashes of red and green with violet undertones
  • Mohs hardness: 5 - 6.5

The Spiritual:

  • calms emotional soul
  • ironstone promotes strength
  • connects with conscious and subconscious aspects of self
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About Opal

While many believe opal to come only in a traditional white hue, this common misconception cannot be more inaccurate.  With over 200 varieties of natural opal discovered so far, the historically referred "Queen of Gems" can come in a wide variety of colors- before the stone's famous "play of color" rainbow effect is even taken into consideration.  Over 90% of the world's opal is produced in Australia with other well-known deposits located in Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil, and the United States.

Chemically, opal is an integrated combination of water and silica.  Water content in opal can range from 3% to 21% by weight, with average jewelry material ranging between 6% and 10%.  Because of this, it is advised to store your opal jewelry with care; safes and bank vaults can be notoriously dry.  We suggest storing opal in an airtight container along with a piece of water-moistened cotton when dry storage conditions are anticipated.  Some varieties are more resilient to harsh conditions than others.  It is safe to clean solid opal jewelry with warm water, mild soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush.  Avoid chemicals, harsh abrasives, and ultrasonic cleaners.

Shipping, Handling, & Inventory

Your order will be processed and shipped within 4 business days.  All shipments are insured by the United States Postal Service, and most orders of $500 or more will require signature confirmation upon delivery.

While we work hard to present our online customers with accurate inventory availability, we reserve the right to cancel and refund a sale if the item is sold somewhere else first.

Wanna closer look? Don't be shy! We are always happy to provide additional photos and videos any time.  Just shoot us a quick message, and we'll get back to you.

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