Exceptional Large Black Crystal Opal
Lot 1460
Exceptional Large Black Crystal Opal
Sold for US$ 30,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Natural History New York
1 Jun 2009 13:00 EDT

Auction 17502
Lot Details
Exceptional Large Black Crystal Opal
Lightning Ridge, Australia
This oval cabochon captures the essence of what a fine black crystal opal should look like. The play-of-color is superb with broad flashes of vivid blue and green dancing upon the surface of the black body color visible both on the surface of the cabochon and also to the reverse. When held to the light the stone is entirely transparent and free of any potch or matrix—hence defining it as a “crystal” opal. Given its size it could serve either as an eye-catching double-sided pendant or a fine cabinet piece. This is a serious stone for the collector of opals and, at the same time, an object of desire for any knowledgeable jewelry designer.
Weighing 135.28 carats and measuring 40.0 x 32.0 x 18.0mm