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  1. Atwater
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    by Atwater » May 11, 2019
    I probably showed this one a long time ago. It is a 2.33ct Welo opal by Barry. When I saw Barry's picture, I thought of a lake in sunset. For some reason, my pictures do not capture the red well.
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  2. Pumpkinsparkles
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    by Pumpkinsparkles » May 11, 2019
    My opals, I don’t know the origin but the both are beautiful. The first has great color play under lighting but Looks like crystal moonstone under none.
     
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  4. dk168
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    by dk168 » May 12, 2019
    After reviewing many opals at Opal Auctions, I came to the conclusion that I like blues with pink flashes the most.
    The boulder ones that I like are beyond my reach, however, I am eyeing a few lovely and affordable doublets.
    Hopefully, I shall be able to get one of them soon.
    It will be set in a plain metal halo style ring.

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  5. userangl28212003
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    by userangl28212003 » May 12, 2019
    My new boulder opal ring I bought at intergem show yesterday :)

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  6. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » May 12, 2019
    Doublets are my favorite thing right now. You get all the lovely colors and color play, but the price is much more affordable. I would never be able to buy the bright flashy opals I love if not for doublets. Can't wait to see what you end up with!
     
  7. T L
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    by T L » May 12, 2019
    I think Welo opals are quite beautiful and extremely affordable. I’ve seen many as nice as Australian material, but if someone doesn’t care for Welo opals, I would love to hear your opinion why.
     
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  8. Bluegemz
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    by Bluegemz » May 12, 2019
    I think they are gorgeous personally, like balls of glitter. I’d love to have one eventually. To me, visually they really are their own thing. They seem to have their own distinctive look.
     
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  9. T L
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    by T L » May 12, 2019
    I know, but perhaps they put off some people, and I would love to honestly know why. I’m not an opal aficionado, so this would be interesting to understand why. The prices are really decent and I’m just wondering why there hasn’t been larger demand like the Australian material. I mean, I know fine black opal is in a rare class, but I’m talking mostly semi crystal and crystal material.
     
  10. Atwater
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    by Atwater » May 12, 2019
    I think one issue may be that the crystal opal needs to be appreciated in a pretty short distance, at least in natural shaded light. Unlike a lot of CS whose color can grab people's interest across the room, the crystal opal may look just like an uninteresting half egg from afar.
     
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  11. T L
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    by T L » May 12, 2019
    True but Australian crystal opals are more expensive than Welo with the same features. :confused: Thanks for your opinion!
     
  12. voce
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    by voce » May 12, 2019
    Not an opal expert here, but I've remembered hearing that Ethiopian opal is not as stable as Australian opal and would sometimes dry up or "craze", so a number of vendors have stopped carrying the Ethiopian material, as it's understandably very upsetting to open up your vault only to discover your opal stock value dropped even though you didn't do anything to damage the stones.

    Yvonne Raley's one of the vendors who stopped stocking Ethiopian opal, and you might find this read interesting.
    https://www.cecileraleydesigns.com/blogs/cecile-raley-designs/buying-opals-pros-and-cons
     
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  13. T L
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    by T L » May 12, 2019
    @voce,
    That’s interesting, because I’ve heard the opposite, that Australian material crazes. I’ve actually seen lots of crazed Australian opals. I do think Welos are more difficult to cut though, and tend to crack when cut.

    Thanks for the article!
     
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  14. jordyonbass
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    by jordyonbass » May 12, 2019
    Both locations can have crazed stones. When it comes to my own stock I will let it sit in a dry area with sunlight for a while as this well accelerate any crazing issues that the stone has got.
     
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  15. ChaiK
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    by ChaiK » May 20, 2019
    David Klass' workmanship. An Australian Opal.

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  16. ChaiK
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    by ChaiK » May 22, 2019
    Dark Ethiopian opal. Untreated. I got it off that moonstone guy that @lovedogs mentioned in the forum somewhere.

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  17. T L
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    by T L » May 22, 2019
    Unique opal, reminds me of the Earth from space. Lovely!
     
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    by ChaiK » May 22, 2019
    Oh. One more. It is actually with a grey translucent jelly like body with lots of flashes of colour.

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  19. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » May 22, 2019
    Ooooh I love this!!!!!
     
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    by caolsen » May 22, 2019
    This is my first opal - pretty basic white opal, small melee. Opals aren't normally by thing but I had a hankering for an opal...I could not shake.



     
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  21. dk168
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    by dk168 » May 23, 2019
    This doublet is on it's way to me, 16x11mm, screenshot and no video:
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    DK :))
     
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    by Punks-Tricks » May 25, 2019
    I was lucky to receive this lovely Australian Black Opal as a surprise birthday present back in March. It has gone to the jeweller today to be set in to a ring! Final design to be tweek'd but getting there. It's round 2.13ct solid gem opal, with a brightness of 4 and body N2. I'm in the UK and was struggling to find somebody to set it as jewellers here don't like opal's or setting stones they haven't supplied. But I've found a jeweller to do it, there is a bit of a story but don't want to bore you all. Let's just say I feel that I'm on an emotional high! Oh and I consider myself to be a good photographer but haven't been able to do the stone justice with even my DSLR camera and macro lens! Opal are very very tricky to photograph :)



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  23. Acinom
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    by Acinom » May 26, 2019
    Beautiful colour play. How will you set it?
     
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    by Acinom » May 26, 2019
    Beautiful! Looking forward to see your finished ring
     
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    by dk168 » May 26, 2019
    Most likely to be like this:


    DK :))
     
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    by 2Neezers » May 29, 2019
    After @T L mentioned in a post above that Welo opals are both beautiful and affordable, I headed over to opal auctions and ordered this opal. I loved that the pattern looked like little bits of layered confetti :D.
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    It’s hard to photograph, but looks pretty much the same in person as the vendors photos.
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  27. T L
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    by T L » May 29, 2019
    That’s a beautiful opal @2Neezers. I ordered an opal from that dealer and it want nearly as nice as the video. You lucked out!!!
     
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    by 2Neezers » May 29, 2019
    Thank you! I want to collect a few different patterns in Welo’s now, a honeycomb pattern is next on my want list :)). The seller definitely showed my opal at its very best, and the color play is more muted in person than their photos, but I am still overall happy with it for the price I paid.
     
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    by T L » May 30, 2019
    36576A79-3B9F-4F84-A21F-5E5911B13ECE.jpeg They have a huge Levian Ethiopian opal collection at the mall store, I took a photo with my opal. I love Levian settings, so I’m always on the lookout for a nice sale one where I can toss out the center stone, but alas this was on sale for $1780. The opal was pretty and had those blue and orange sherbet colors I like, but it had an enclosed metal back. Mine is smaller, open back. Similar body color, but theirs was more bluish when I took it out of the brighter lights. It was one if their finer ones though.
     
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    by T L » May 30, 2019
    7AF3FC29-AEAB-4905-A475-3F7C366BAF75.png DDB663CD-008C-42AC-B328-62996F1F095C.jpeg Have to set this 9x7 guy. Here it is in an empty setting with mounting wax.
     
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