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Pretty 5.9ct Solid Queensland Pipe Opal Loose Stone - Australian Opal (Item #493)

+ $11.78 shipping
+ $11.78 shipping

Features
Handmade
Made in Ingham, Australia

Item details

Pretty 5.9ct solid freeform Queensland Pipe Opal. Hand cut and polished.

This is a 100% genuine earth mined stone mined in Winton, Queensland, Australia.

Approximate measurements taken with a ruler at longest, widest & deepest points of the stone are as follows: 18.5mm long x 8.5mm wide x approx 4.5mm deep. This is a freeform stone so the depth does vary slightly. Please note that the measurements may not be absolutely pinpoint but are as close to exact as I can get using only a ruler.

A video of this stone can be viewed on our Instagram page #affordableopalsau.

Opal can look very different in sunlight than what it does in shade or under artificial lighting and also looks different depending on the angle on which you view it. Generally, opal requires direct sunlight to look its best. As this stone is a solid piece of crystal opal, with only a very small amount of host standstone remaining, when held directly up to the sun the opal appears to be almost translucent. As soon as it is viewed against any kind of background, the colour shows through. Generally, the darker the background, the stronger & darker the colour in the opal shows through. Pic 1-9 taken in direct full sun. Pic 10 taken in shade. Pic 6 is the back of the stone.

PLEASE NOTE: The photos have been enlarged to show the fine detail in the stone. Please refer to the photo with the ruler to ascertain the size of the stone.

What is Ironstone Boulder Opal?
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* Boulder Opal is found only in Queensland, Australia

* This type of opal is found embedded in large ironstone boulders. The opal forms inside thin fissures and cracks in the rock and is generally quite thin which is why the host ironstone is left on the back of the opal. Due to their dark backing these opals have a dark body tone and tend to be very vibrant.

* Ironstone Boulder Opals can be identified by the layer of solid brown ironstone left on the back of the stone.

What is Boulder Pipe Opal?
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* In short, Pipe Opal is opal which has formed in round holes inside the rock.

* It is very unique as the only place in the world where you can find it is in Queensland, Australia.

* Pipe Opal is mostly found in soft sandstone boulders.

* Most Pipe Opal found is Crystal Opal with a range of beautiful colours.

* Pipe Opal can either be cut removing all the host sandstone or can be cut leaving a layer of sandstone attached to the back of the opal in the same manner that a layer of ironstone is left on the back of an ironstone boulder opal.

Opal rates at approx. 5.5-6.5 on the mohs scale which is a similar hardness to glass. It is, therefore very important that you treat your opal carefully and avoid subjecting it to activities that could potentially damage or break it.

We have both Boulder Pipe Opal and Ironstone Boulder Opal available. Please check out our store for a range of stunning loose opals and opal pendants.

About Us
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Affordable Opals AU is a family run business located in Queensland Australia. We have over 30 years’ experience in both mining and cutting opal. All stones offered in our shop have been hand cut and polished by us and they are all guaranteed solid earth mined opals. We do NOT sell opal doublets or triplets or synthetic opals so you can buy with confidence knowing you are receiving a solid, earth mined product.

If you have any questions about any of our stones or jewellery, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Shipping – Please read carefully:
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Australia

For stones and jewellery under $200.00 standard postage to anywhere in Australia is only $5.00. If you require express post and/or insurance, please select it as an extra at checkout.

All stones and jewellery over $200, posted to Australian addresses will be sent via Express Post for FREE!! We are also happy to combine shipping on multiple items purchased within a one week period. Free insurance is also included on items purchased in a single order over $500.00. If you wish to take out insurance for orders under $500 please select the optional insurance at checkout.

International

All customs and import duties and/or taxes are the responsibility of the buyer. We cannot be held responsible for any customs delays or charges or any postal delays.

All stones and jewellery posted to an international address will be sent via Standard International with tracking. A shipping upgrade to Express International is available at checkout.

Free insurance is provided on all international orders over $500AUD purchased in a single transaction. Our free insurance offer does not apply to combined orders unless each transaction is over $500.00AUD. If you wish to take out insurance for orders under $500AUD please select the optional insurance at checkout.

NOTE: We are happy to combine postage for multiple orders placed within a one week period. Combined postage up to a maximum weight of 250grams is offered on International postage. Please bear in mind that combining the postage on multiple orders may increase the likelihood of customs duties being payable as the full value of the items purchased will be declared on the customs forms.

Due to import restrictions and delivery problems we regret to advice that we do not post to France, China or any countries in Africa, the Middle East or South America.

We strongly recommend that insurance is purchased as we cannot be held liable for any items lost in transit.

Returns
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Please read our returns policy carefully.


FAQs

Our highest priority is customer satisfaction so if you are not happy with your item we do accept returns. Just contact us within 3 days of receipt (14 days for EU buyers) and return to us within 30 days of receipt. The returned item must be insured for the full purchase price and posted back to us with signature on delivery to provide proof of return. Buyer is responsible for all return shipping costs. If an item being returned is lost in the post and the buyer has not paid for insurance and signature on delivery then no refund will be given. We also retain the right to refuse a refund if we feel that our returns policy is being abused. Returns are not accepted on any items purchased with any discount coupon containing the word SALE.

Please use the coupon codes listed in our shop announcement to receive your sale discount. Minimum order amounts apply as stated. Please note that all orders of items purchased with any coupon containing the word SALE are final so please choose carefully. If you have any questions or would like to view a video of a stone please contact me before placing your order as we do not accept cancellations of orders or returns or exchanges on sale items.

A costs breakdown will be provided on the packing slip with every order. The full value of your order will automatically be entered on the customs declaration. Please be aware that customs & import duties may apply and are the full responsibility of the buyer, they are NOT included as part the purchase price and we cannot be held responsible for any duties incurred. If you are concerned about possible import duties please contact customs in your country to determine how much import taxes will be prior to purchase. Due to the prohibitions imposed by the following countries with importing semi-precious stones we regret that we are unable to ship to France, Germany, China, some countries in the Middle East, Africa or South America.

If we receive an order marked as a gift, a copy of the cost breakdown will be omitted from inside the package. We are, however, still legally required to note the customs slip as "Merchandise" and disclose the full price of the item/s purchased. If the destination country requires a copy of an invoice to be provided this will also be provided. We do not offer gift wrapping services at this stage.

Our highest priority is customer satisfaction so if you are not happy with your item we do accept returns. Just contact us within 3 days of receipt (14 days for EU buyers) and return to us within 30 days of receipt. The returned item must be insured for the full purchase price and posted back to us with signature on delivery to provide proof of return. Buyer is responsible for all return shipping costs. If an item being returned is lost in the post and the buyer has not paid for insurance and signature on delivery then no refund will be given. We also retain the right to refuse a refund if we feel that our returns policy is being abused. Returns are not accepted on any items purchased with any discount coupon containing the word SALE.

Please use the coupon codes listed in our shop announcement to receive your sale discount. Minimum order amounts apply as stated. Please note that all orders of items purchased with any coupon containing the word SALE are final so please choose carefully. If you have any questions or would like to view a video of a stone please contact me before placing your order as we do not accept cancellations of orders or returns or exchanges on sale items.

A costs breakdown will be provided on the packing slip with every order. The full value of your order will automatically be entered on the customs declaration. Please be aware that customs & import duties may apply and are the full responsibility of the buyer, they are NOT included as part the purchase price and we cannot be held responsible for any duties incurred. If you are concerned about possible import duties please contact customs in your country to determine how much import taxes will be prior to purchase. Due to the prohibitions imposed by the following countries with importing semi-precious stones we regret that we are unable to ship to France, Germany, China, some countries in the Middle East, Africa or South America.

If we receive an order marked as a gift, a copy of the cost breakdown will be omitted from inside the package. We are, however, still legally required to note the customs slip as "Merchandise" and disclose the full price of the item/s purchased. If the destination country requires a copy of an invoice to be provided this will also be provided. We do not offer gift wrapping services at this stage.


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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from Australia
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North America 10-14 business days
Europe 10-14 business days
Australia, New Zealand and Oceania 3-5 business days
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Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.