Red rolling flash
Marquise crystal opal loose
Marquise type solid opal
As soon as the skin had been cut back, even with a low grit, the colours were bouncing back off the wheel. It’s well covered, with pieces of floating and sunken multi colour along with a rolling flash of golden yellow under artificial natural light.
Cutting back potch and sand, the shape evolved to a Marquise type shape. The stone slopes thinner to one side at one ‘end’. However , this is such a lovely stone with clear bright colours, that set correctly, would make a stunning piece. I’d play with a darkened setting, but even resting ‘as is’ on a finger, it looks lovely. There is a small inclusion to one side but this is not on the face. Again, correct setting would render this invisible.
I did enjoy working on this piece of crystal opal. It’s around 14mm x 6.4mm, 2 – 1.6 mm deep and weighs 1.1 carats.
My photography skills don’t do justice to it!
I’ve taken the photographs in a near daylight with an artificial source. Please feel free to comment on the post and photographs.