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Welo Ethiopian Opal Chip Pendant by Eviecats Welo Ethiopian Opal Chip Pendant by Eviecats
Another very different type of opal cleaved to bright chips in a bottle pendant. This is Welo percious opal from Ethiopia, and getting it wet whatsoever can make it lose it's colorful brilliance by over saturation. So it has been sealed bone dry into it's bottle. Since most opal is photographed wet that made photos problematic, every single piece has several colors, i tried my best to show that in the pictures, the last two are indoors and you can really see the glow!

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LadyElfie2000 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's interesting!  I didn't know that ethiopian opals did that!  In my experience most opal looks better when it's wet.  How come it loses its color when wet?
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
I talked to a specialist, it has to do with the molecular structure that made it, it was made my volcanic pressure instead of water pressure so the pores suck moisture in and fill the facets.  In mexcian/aussie opals the facets are sealed in so the water or oil just enhances the opacity of the surface of the opal and lets the colors through more vibrantly.  Pretty neat stuff!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I had problems in both directions, I had welo that got wet and lost color, and another that dried out!
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
The first welo bottle I made I put oil into, within an hour ALL color was gone and didn't come back. So this time after talking to several experts on both opals and minerals in oil suspention I decided to leave it dry... I did think about trying to enamel their outsides but I was scared to murder any more precious stones lol ><
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
Oh no, how awful. The dealer told me they were stable and it was a disaster. Never managed to hunt the guy down, but am avoiding ethiopian opal from here on out!
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Yeah I much rather purchase Aussie opal when I can. =)
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callievamp Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
=)
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's incredible :O
I have a few opals but only as part of jewellery that has them set into 9ct yellow gold. I would LOVE to own a rough opal as I know they have so much fire, to be able to tumble it in my hands... I'd be fascinated for hours :D

The last two photos are really surprising, that level of luminosity is amazing, such a beautiful thing. Will you be selling these bottles or are they alternative ways to display your collection? :)
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Yeah these are for sale, I'm hoping that they sell so i have an excuse to buy more opals! LOL ^_^;;
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