Fire Opal Special
During the last two years Oregon
Fire Opal become the most important gem for me. There are two reasons
for this elaboration; the first one is that I really love this
material. It has a wide color-range from yellow over orange to red and
brown. And don´t forget the extremely rare blue Opal from Oregon, an
absolutely unique color that isn´t found on other localities.
The saturation varies from pale nearby colorless to very dark tones.
The second reason might be much more important: I have found good
friends in Northern California and Montana. Randy and Tery from
Upperlake/CA and Sybil and David from Kalispell/MT. They have the right
feeling to dig the best imaginable Fire Opal from Juniper Ridge and
other Oregon areas. Some of these display colors by far better than all
mexican Fire Opals with less silk and consequently more brilliance.
Also really important: I´m not talking about pieces of 1 or 2
The average weight of facetted Oregon Fire Opal is between 12 and
they are usually at least VVS in clarity (under GIA standard: Type 3:
They could show color-clouds, -spots and -stripes and sometime they are
straight bicolored. Until now the biggest Oregon Fire Opal I have cut
weighs 52,79cts. IF-quality (see pic No. 5) and is now back in the US
as the most of the gems I cut.
Enjoy the pictures of this most exciting
Oregon Fire-Opal 22.02cts., hexagon twisting-design: "3-6-Twist"
2. Oregon Fire-Opal
3. Oregon Fire-Opal
30.66cts., intense sparkling "Cornered Octagon"
4. Oregon Fire-Opal,
1.64cts. 16-fold mirror-cut
5. Oregon Fire-Opal
52.79cts., "Cornered Octagon"
6. Oregon Fire-Opal,
13.73cts., "Bella" with nice color-clouds
7. Oregon Fire-Opal
8. Oregon Fire-Opal 12.95cts.,
"3-6-Twist" with color-cloud
9. Oregon Fire-Opal 25.95cts.,
"8-ray-Star" (161 facets!!!)
10. Oregon Fire-Opal 13.72cts.,
"Sunburst Octagone" barion-type
11. Oregon Fire-Opal 3.45cts., -
bico - "Button"
12. Oregon Fire-Opal 10.01cts.,
13. Oregon Fire-Opal
updated: Friday, July 09, 2010 11:25:10 PDT