Beautiful 5.3ct Natural Queensland Pipe Opal Loose Stone - Australian Opal (#631)

$195.19
+ $11.71 shipping

Only 1 available

$195.19
+ $11.71 shipping
In stock
Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from Australia
Returns and exchanges accepted
See this seller's return policy

Features
Handmade
Made in Ingham, Australia

Item details

Beautiful 5.3ct freeform Queensland Pipe Opal. Hand cut and polished.

Approximate measurements taken with a ruler at longest, widest & deepest angles & points of the stone are as follows: 21mm long x 8mm 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.

This is a 100% genuine earth mined stone mined in Winton, Queensland, Australia. We only sell opal solids, not doublets or triplets so you can buy with confidence knowing you are receiving a genuine earth-mined stone.

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 on. Generally, opal requires direct sunlight to look its best. We have done our best to display a variety of images with the item being sold in different types of light to give a proper overview of each stone. Photos 1-9 were taken in direct & indirect full sun. Photo 10 was taken outside in the shade.

PLEASE NOTE: The photos form part of the item description. All our photographs are taken outdoors in natural light and the colours are never edited in any way. The photos have been taken with a macro lens show the fine detail in the stone. Please refer to the measurements above and to the photo with the ruler to ascertain the size of the stone.

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

* This type of opal is found embedded in large hard boulders. The opal forms inside thin fissures and cracks in the rock and is generally quite thin which is why the host stone 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.

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

What is 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. This type of opal can be softer than Boulder Opal due to the much softer host stone.

* 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

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 very carefully and avoid subjecting it to force whilst setting or to any other activities that could potentially damage or break it.

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

PLEASE NOTE: We understand that taxes & duties in some countries are very high however we are legally required to complete the customs declaration honestly. As such, on all international orders the customs form will declare the item/s as ‘Merchandise’ and the full purchase price will be automatically noted. We cannot mark an item as a ‘gift’ or declare a lesser value on the customs form. 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 $500 purchased in a single transaction. Our free insurance offer does not apply to combined orders unless each transaction total is over $500.00. If you wish to take out insurance for orders under $500 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, some countries in the Middle East or any countries in Africa 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 ensure that you check your opal carefully upon receipt and if there are any problems let us know within 3 days of receiving your item. We do not accept returns on any items if we are not notified of any problems within 3 days of delivery. For more information on our returns policy, please carefully read our returns policy under the FAQ section 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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Shipping & policies
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
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but cannot guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

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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.