Gemstones & Pearls:News
Unusual colors and intense flashes
The opal material within this nodule, which is reportedly from Somalia,
is unusual because to its brown body color.
Gerald Stockton of Gerald Stockton Inc., Los Angeles, CA, says the opal
exhibits some of the most intense flashes of red and green he's ever seen.
Three years ago, there were reports of similar opal from Ethiopia, and
Stockton believes it may be from the same type of deposit. Stockton, who
is testing the opal, says it will be available soon if tests for stability
prove fruitful. Sizes should average 1-1.25 carats of pure, translucent
This opal nodule, reportedly from Somalia, made the rounds at the Tucson
gem and mineral shows.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.
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