This opal will make an impressive pendant. This is one of the liveliest opals that I've cut. The fire changes as different cells respond when the opal moves or as the direction of the light changes.
This very large, unusual, solid opal has fire in one of the rarest opal patterns - it is a true Harlequin* opal. The entire face is covered in square or rectangular patches of fire. That pattern is clearly visible in indoor lighting. To the eye the color is mostly orange-green, but there is also yellow and some red-orange. This opal is semi-crystal**.
Cut in a triangular shape, the opal weighs 11.06 carats and is 25.6 x 18.5 x 3.6 mm. It was cut from rough that was mined in Australia.
The appearance in the photos is a fair representation of the opal in bright incandescent light. (The white spots are reflections of bulbs.) It's difficult to accurately capture opal fire with a camera. This one was difficult.
Opals look different depending on the type and intensity of light. They look their very best in sunlight and incandescent light, but they also look very good with halogen and some of the newer LED lighting. Traditional fluorescent lighting is the poorest, but some of the newer fluorescent bulbs have phosphors that are pretty good for viewing opals.
* The term "Harlequin" is very often misused. There are many opals described as harlequins that clearly are not. If the fire pattern is not square or angular patches it isn't really harlequin.
** Crystal opal is not crystalline. Australian opal is typically referred to as "crystal" when it is transparent or very highly translucent.
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