Books are probably the best way of gaining the specific knowledge you seek. An excellent all-around book on precious opal is "Opals" in the Fred Ward Gem Books Series. It''s available at low cost from Amazon, EBay and many other on-line sources. It has many illustrations of precious opal of all types: light, dark and black.Date: 12/31/2006 12:00:31 PM
I would like find out all I can about black opals. Pictures would be awesome!
Thanks widget. Nope, didn''t design it - blind luck really. Saw it in a store when on Vacation in Fiji last January, both me and my wife stopped to stare at it. I went back to buy it later in the week for valentines day.Date: 1/12/2007 8:39:14 PM
Wow, it''s beautiful, rj!!!!! And the mounting is fabulous. Did you design it, by any chance?
Thanks for sharing!
It's pretty specialized. Appraisers experienced in opal are difficult to find, and boulder opal is another category still. Most appraisers could do a good description for you, it's just market value which is the tough thing for them.Date: 1/13/2007 10:16:51 AM
If you don't mind me asking - how specialized is appraisal of an item like this? Should a local appraiser be able to do a good job or do I need to do something else?