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310OC110301 Lightning Ridge Harlequin Solid Black Opal Red Pink Blue Green Violet Yellow B4 S5-S4 N4 2.61-cts.
310OC110301 Lightning Ridge Harlequin Solid Black Opal Red Pink Blue Green Violet Yellow B4 S5-S4 N4 2.61-cts. DESCRIPTION
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SOLID OPAL - Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Black Opal, 18x8x3 mm, B4, S5-S4, N4, 2.61 carats
OPAL COLORS - Moving Flagstone Color Block Flash of Red Pink Blue Green Violet Yellow
FLASH/PATTERN - Moving/Changing Flagstone Harlequin Block Pattern, Exc. Jewelry Opal
B BRILLIANCE - B4 BRILLIANT
S SATURATION - S5-S4 VIBRANT to RICH Color Saturation
SHAPE/SIZE - 18x8x3 mm freeform solid Precious Black Opal, 2.61 cts.
N Density - N4 Black solid opal with floating '3D' Play-Of-Color (see last photo)
This will make HIGHLY DESIRABLE LEGACY TREASURE Opal Jewelry for Generations to come.
Opal Features Chart
||Natural Solid Black Precious Opal (not manmade) |
|ORIGIN - LOCATION
||Lightning Ridge, AUSTRALIA |
|PLAY-OF-COLOR B #
||B4 - BRILLIANT P-O-C |
|P-O-C PRIMARY COLORS
||Moving Flagstone Color Block Flash of Red Pink Blue Green Violet Yellow|
|P-O-C LESSER COLORS
|P-O-C - COLOR SATURATION
||S5-S4 - VIBRANT to RICH Color Saturation |
|P-O-C FLASH & SHAPES
||Moving/Changing Flagstone Harlequin Color Block Pattern |
|SPECIAL P-O-C PATTERNS
||Black Opal, Moving Flagstone Harlequin Block Flash, B4, S5-S4 |
|SIZE - WEIGHT - SHAPE
||18x8x3 mm freeform Solid Opal - 2.61 Carats |
|BASE NAME - DENSITY N#
||N4 Black Opal|
|P-O-C VISIBLE %
||80%-100% of the Opal|
||Almost All viewing angles, Moving Flagstone Block Flash|
Opal Grading Details
Our photos are magnified larger than life size to help show the colors and patterns. (25.4 mm = 1 inch) Some of the brightest Play-of-Color Flashes are oversaturated in our photos and appear as a 'block' of color instead of the actual brilliant FLASH you will see.
What you get are Bright, Rolling and Changing Shapes and Flashes of Beautiful Colors from a Solid Australian Opal. Even if October and opals aren't your birthstone, everyone loves this most precious unique gemstone. Always beautiful, in other parts of the world, opals are called opalo, opaal, opale, opala and hangende.
"I'm Special. If You see My Color Patterns Flash, You Have to Look at Our Beauty!"
What YOU DESERVE from ANY Precious OPAL Seller
Precious, natural Opals are Unique, Beautiful Creations.
Buying them with Confidence in a store OR online is difficult.
Demand more of your Opal Vendor than a typical GemStone Dealer!
* Does the seller really KNOW what they are selling?
* Is it a 'natural' (made by God, not by man) Opal?
* Has the Opal been 'GRADED' for "B" BRIGHTNESS?
* Has the Opal been 'GRADED' for "N" BASE DENSITY?
* Has the Opal been 'GRADED' for "S" COLOR SATURATION?
If they don't know how to GRADE a Precious Opal, they probably aren't the best place to buy an opal.
Demand more of your Opal Vendor than a typical GemStone Dealer!
If they claim a special pattern, coloration or characteristic, is that claim generally supported by a recognized professional opal industry association?
Any decent opal can't be properly represented or appreciated on only 1 or 2 photos.
* Are the photos good enough to let me see the color, pattern or other characteristics claimed?
BECAUSE EVERY NATURAL PRECIOUS OPAL IS UNIQUE -
* Is the dealer showing me photos of the EXACT piece of Opal Jewelry I am buying?
* Insist on seeing photos of the EXACT Piece of Opal Jewelry they are trying to sell to me!
OPAL GRADING by MyLegacy-Treasures
MyLegacy-Treasures strives to consistently, fairly represent every item we sell so you will enjoy it as much in your hands as you did when you first saw it online. We grade our Opals following the guidelines of the Premier Opal expert, Dr. Paul Downing ("Opal Identification and Value"), Australian and international opal industry associations and the GIA for colored gemstones.
We list the most easily seen and identifiable opal valuation characteristics in our postings to help educate our clients and clearly classify each item we offer. And we use a carefully calibrated professional system of lighting, digital cameras, optics, software, video graphics card and monitor to offer photos that fairly depict each GemStone. We tend to under rather than over-emphasize our Opals so you will probably believe it is even better 'in hand' than the online photos.
Use the Information boxes above to get a simplified overview about this Precious Opal and its characteristics.
See our Guide "How Precious Opals are Graded, Valued & Appraised" in our eBay Store, bottom left column. It has detailed text descriptions to Help educate yourself about the meanings of these Unique Precious Opal terms. We want to Help You learn How to Buy Opal Gemstones & Opal Jewelry with confidence.
Photographing Opals to show their color range, intensity of color, contrast between the Opal Play-Of-Color and the base color or background color, etc. is, unfortunately, impossible. Even if the bright Opal Colors that our eyes see could be "accurately" captured by a camera, the tonal range of an excellent Opal far exceeds the capabilities of our computer monitors/video cards/etc.
We Try to show you the 'personality & character' of every Opal we sell without artificially enhancing the contrast, tonality or color saturation beyond what you will see with similar lighting once it is in your hands. Our photos depict this gemstone as you would see it in direct sunlight or with a bright tungsten light 12"~16" from the gemstone.
Look at all photos of how colors 'move' or appear in different places/patterns across the opal. More Red, Orange, Yellow colors in direct sun or bare tungsten bulb light.
NOTE - it is nearly impossible to photograph a white or very black opal, correctly depict the opal base density and also show the beauty of the play-of-color flash on your computer screen. N9 opals are shown somewhat darker than the real opal. N1, N2 and N3 opals are shown somewhat lighter than the real opal.
OPAL TYPE, Origin & Location
This is a Natural Solid Black Opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia. 'Made by God, not by Man' natural Solid Opals, these precious Opals formed millions of years ago in pockets and seams on Australian ironstone boulders, potch or common opal. The Solid Australian Opal was cut free from the surrounding ironstone/potch. Each Solid opal is cut to size, shaped and polished.
Australian Opals are generally considered among the best, brightest of all Precious Opals. Precious Solid Black Opals from Lightning Ridge, Australia are world famous for their Rarity.
SIZE - WEIGHT - SHAPE
Opal sizes are listed in millimeters (25.4 mm = 1 inch), just like all other gemstones and the jewelry mountings for them. A calibrated shape gemstone should fit most jewelry mountings designed for those dimensions. An opal that is within 0.5 to 1 mm of a calibrated size may acceptably fit into that calibrated mounting. A freeform or larger size opal can be cut to a smaller size by an experienced lapidarist. Or you can have a custom jewelry mounting made, often for less expense than you might expect.
Opal weights are listed in carats, like other gemstones. Thickness of the opal is a major factor in the carat weight of a precious opal gemstone.
OPAL N# - BASE NAME + COLOR
Opal Base Density Chart
||BASE DENSITY NAME - DESCRIPTION |
|N1 - ULTRA BLACK
||'Inky Black' - the Most Rare and Most Black Density|
|N2 - ULTRA BLACK
||Very Black - Extremely Rare, Very Black Density|
|N3 - BLACK
||Black - Rare, a Blackish to Black Density|
|N4 - BLACK
||Greyish to Blackish Density|
|N5-N6 - DARK/Semi-BLACK
||Greyish tones lighter than N4, Darker than N7 Density|
|N7-N8 - Light
||Lighter Greyish to Off-White Density|
|N9 - WHITE
||Lightest to White Density|
The Opal BASE DENSITY Name is rated on a scale of N1 to N9. BLACK, Semi-BLACK/DARK, LIGHT are 'densities' which may have a color cast. The Opal Base density could have a color: a neutral black or grey; blue; green; brown; yellow; orange; straw; pink/red; 'pearl'; etc. So, a 'black' opal is an N1 to N4 Density, but it may have a color cast and not be 'black'. They do not designate an opal's country or origin or whether it is a solid, doublet or crystal opal.
Send an eMail request for your Buying Guide - HOW to BUY BLACK OPALS. It provides "MUST KNOW" Valuable information about Precious Black Opals we have never seen in print from ANY Opal Expert. If you are interested in Black Opals or Black Opal Jewelry, you need this FREE BLACK OPAL Buying Guide!
PLAY-OF-COLOR BRILLIANCE B#
The Play-of-Color Brilliance of an Opal is rated on a scale of B1 to B5.
THERE is NO B4.7!
NOTE - There are no internationally recognized grading numbers between, for example, a B4.5 and B5 grade that clearly describe what would be the difference between a B4.7 and B4.8 grade. We list a '+' to indicate an opal is better/higher than that number, a 'B4.5+', and use TWO PLUSES '++' to indicate that an opal is almost but not quite the quality of the next higher grade - like a 'B4.5++' being almost a B5 grade.
B5 is BEST!
B5 is the best possible Brilliance and is extremely rare among all opals offered on world markets with precious opal Play-Of-Color visible in low light levels - sometimes called a 'night stone' or 'night opal'.
MyLegacy-Treasures does not sell opals with a Play-of-Color Brilliance below B3.
||BRILLIANCE TABLE DESCRIPTION |
||Not Precious Opal - aka - Common Opal, Potch, Jelly, Mexican 'Fire'|
|B1 - FAINT
||P-O-C Only in Bright Light/Direct Sun|
|B2 - DIM
||Fair P-O-C in Bright Light/Direct Sun, DIM P-O-C in Moderate Light |
|B3 - BRIGHT
||Bright in Bright/Direct Sun, V. Nice P-O-C in Moderate, Fair in Lower Light|
|B3.5 - V. BRIGHT
||V. Bright in Bright/Direct Sun, Bright P-O-C in Moderate, V. Nice in Lower Light|
|B4 - BRILLIANT
||Brilliant in Bright Light/Sun, Crisp/Saturated Color in Moderate, Good in Lower Light|
|B4.5 - V. BRILLIANT
||V. Good in Lower Light, Exceptional in all other lighting, (slightly lower than B5)|
|B5 - EXCEPTIONAL
||Exceptional Bright, Crisp Color in all lighting (Night Opal - color visible in low light) |
COLORS SEEN IN THE PLAY-OF-COLOR
Red is generally considered the most valuable of all Opal Play-of-Color. Greens & Blues are the most common of all Opal Play-of-Color. Less common colors can be any color of the visible spectrum from Violet, Purple, Royal Blue to Cherry Red, Flame Colors, Magentas, Pinks, Oranges, Golden Yellows, Peacock Green, Peach, Lilac, Fuchsia, Copper, Salmon, Peach, etc.
What colors are seen, in what shape or pattern and from which viewing angles depends, in part, upon the viewing light used. The best light source for viewing a precious opal gemstone is one that does not change. We recommend direct sunlight or 12" to 16" from a bright tungsten lightbulb.
Your opal will look different in different kinds of lighting. Sunlight and tungsten bulb lighting will tend to bring out more warm tone colors - reds, oranges, yellows magentas and purples. Fluorescent lights, LED flashlights and light filtered through a diffuser is not satisfactory.
COLOR SATURATION S#
Color Saturation, the richness or depth of color, is an important factor in the pricing of opals but less so in the enjoyment of them. You will probably find that you enjoy the beauty of an opal with a pale or pastel color saturation. And you might enjoy some bright or rich color saturation levels of another opal. Opals may have more than one S#, indicating that there are some colors or areas that are more saturated than others on the same natural Precious Opal.
We list Color Saturation of an Opal as - PALE, PASTEL, MEDIUM, RICH and VIBRANT/MIRROR as appropriate.. These descriptive words as well as our photos should be used as guides to help you in deciding which opals to purchase.
||COLOR SATURATION DESCRIPTION |
|S1 - PALE
||Colors are weak, highly diluted. May need bright light to best view.|
|S2 - PASTEL
||Colors are soft Pastels. May be highly desired for fashion. |
|S3 - MEDIUM
||Colors not the highly saturated/pure/rich. May be desired for fashion. |
|S4 - RICH
||RICH, PURE, fully saturated colors|
|S5 - VIBRANT/MIRROR
||Exceptional VIBRANT, Saturated Color in all lighting (sometimes like a Mirror) |
PLAY-OF-COLOR FLASHes, SHAPES & PATTERNS
See our written description below the photos for more information about special Opal Play-of-Color Flashes, Shapes and Patterns.
Harlequin is a name originally reserved for a very rare pattern of squares or diamond shape play-of-color that looked like a chess board. 'Harlequin' is now used by opal vendors worldwide to encompass many of the rare and unusual natural Precious Opal Play-Of-Color patterns that are easily identified - Floral, Flag/Flagstone, Chinese Writing, Ribbon, Rainbow, etc.
PLAY-OF-COLOR VISIBLE PERCENTAGE
Every natural Opal gemstone is unique. Our photos probably will only capture some of the play-of-color, patterns and coverage across the entire face of the opal gemstone. You may have to rotate or pivot the gemstone and/or change positions between you, the opal and the viewing light to see play-of-color from a particular area of that gemstone.
The very best opals have play-of-color across the entire gemstone. Most precious opals do not have play-of-color across 100% of the gem and are beautiful. Some precious opals have a mirror flash, a Harlequin or other unusual pattern, ribbons of color or many variations that are both beautiful and stunning while not covering 100% of the opal's face. We list if the opal has 100% play-of-color coverage because this is more costly.
PLAY-OF-COLOR VIEWING ANGLES
The most expensive opals have at least some wonderful Play-of-Color from every viewing angle. Sometimes an opal is at its best if lighted from the side or from slightly 'above' which would make it an ideal opal to use for a pendant. Some opals are at their best and brightest 'face up' - when the viewer has the light source over her shoulder to view the opal face-on like a ring stone.
Opals with patterns, Harlequin, chinese writing, mirror flashes, rolling flashfire, pinfire, etc. usually display the best of their beauty from certain directional viewing angles. This can result in a sudden "SHOCK" of color or pattern that splashes forth to delight your eyes.
If an opal is highly directional or has particular beauty in our photos from specific directional viewing, we will list it as 'directional' in our description.
Learn How to Buy Opals & Opal Jewelry!
See our Guide "How Precious Opals are Graded, Valued & Appraised" in our eBay Store, bottom left column. It has detailed text descriptions to help educate yourself about the meanings of these Unique Precious Opal terms. We want to help you learn How to Buy Opal Gemstones & Jewelry with confidence.
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