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The opals mined at the Wegel Tena deposit in Ethiopia’s Wello province can be white, orangey, brownish, or colorless and may be translucent or opaque. They often show a vivid play of pinpoint colors and some also display a snake skin pattern inherent in their structure. These opals often become transparent when soaked in water (the hydrophane effect) and the colors and weights of the stones will vary as a function of the humidity they absorb.

The opals mined at the Wegel Tena deposit in Ethiopia’s Wello province can be white, orangey, brownish, or colorless and may be translucent or opaque. They often show a vivid play of pinpoint colors.

There is something magical about the fall and precious Opal seems to be the best gemstone to reflect it. Opal is the modern birthstone for October and a gemstone gift for an anniversary.

Natural Wegel Tena play-of-color oval opal weighing 3.72 cts.

Natural Wegel Tena play-of-color oval opal weighing cts.

black opal

Opals always remind me of my gma. she loved opals, and especially fire opals.

Marvelous 23 carats Ethiopian Welo opal with superb play of color. Ethiopian Opal has been mined since 2008. The entire region around Wegel Tena consists of a volcano-sedimentary sequence with alternating layers of basalt and rhyolitic ignimbrite. Over the entire region, only one thin seam is mineralized with opal. The opal is extracted by artisanal miners using picks, hammers, and shovels.

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White precious opal was found in the Wello province in in 2008

White precious opal was found in the Wello province in in 2008

Opal from the deposit near Wegel Tena, 200km north of Mezezo in Ethiopia, has been mined since 2008. The entire region around Wegel Tena consists of a volcano-sedimentary sequence with alternating layers of basalt and rhyolitic ignimbrite. And over the entire region, only one thin seam is mineralized with opal. The opal is extracted by artisanal miners using picks, hammers, and shovels and unlike the chocolate colored opal from Mezezo, Wegel Tena Opal is remarkably tough and resitant to…

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Mysterious, sensitive and emotional, the fire of precious opal captures the imagination, as we dive into the magical play of colors. More @ www.multicolour.com and #gemstones

Mysterious, sensitive and emotional, the fire of precious opal captures the imagination, as we dive into the magical play of colors. More @ www.multicolour.com and #gemstones

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