CPOV14-P125.7gm4.04 Ounce (125.7gm) Rough Australian Opal Parcel-Coober Pedy-Opal Valley Opalfield
In May 2014 I bought a small 5 grade opal 13 ounce parcel from an opal miner in the small bar section of the Underground Restaurant in Coober Pedy. I'd been passing out business cards to several people in Coober Pedy and handed one to the owner of this novel restaurant....next day I got a call to meet a miner at the bar. After a bit of haggling over price I picked the parcel up and shipped it back to the Montana along with the rest of my opal.
The first part of February 2017 I pulled the parcel out, cleaned it up and regraded it. I had underestimated this parcel, as the light was poor in the bar, and was surprised and excited by the bright colors and quality of these very gemmy stones. And no cracking after 2+ years of dry storage in a plastic bag! This is the 4ths grade. 4.04 ounces total or 125.7 grams. Priced at $100/ounce ($400 for the complete 4.04 ounce parcel)...an excellent price for opal of this quality. Scale=20mm.
Opal Valley was discovered around 1971 and is located about 40km south of the small city of Coober Pedy. In recent years it has seen a lot of mining acclivity and is known for stable crystal opal.
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