Opal Nodule

May 1999

Gemstones & Pearls:News

Opal Nodule

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 opal.

This opal nodule, reportedly from Somalia, made the rounds at the Tucson gem and mineral shows.

– by Robert Weldon, G.G.



Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.


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