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Idaho Fire Opal

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« on: June 24, 2015, 02:41:36 pm »

Well, I am not real familiar with fire opal. But I do believe these pieces meet the criteria. I let this material age for over a year in my barn to see how well it cracked up. My sum total is about 8 ounces of this material and I think it was a fluke find. It cut and polished easily but the fire did not follow any rules. So the one piece has bands through it so I could get some size. These two are my practice cabochons. I have the other 4 ounces left to cut what I hope will be the best cabbing with a possible 40 x 30 x 6 mm. I hope...........  Anyway, hope you enjoy the pictures and yes the focus sucks, etc   It is a peachy cream color in reflected light and bright red/orange in transmitted light. I included pictures of the rough and one that shows the natural fractures.

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 11:53:43 pm »

Man, that second pic is a KILLER with the light going through it
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2015, 07:34:41 am »

Hey Neal I got some Juniper Ridge fire Opal from a friend in Idaho last year and cabbed it while in Quartzsite. It was a fantastic color but I lost the fire. The cabs are incredible shiny and a wonderful color. A fellow at the club told me it doesn't have true opal fire but instead a rainbow where there is a internal fracture. I don't care they made AWESOME cabs!
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