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Bluetangclan

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The Roman Opal?
« on: July 03, 2017, 05:29:33 PM »

I have seen several references about a Roman emperor coveting an opal belonging to one of his senators who refused to give it to him. The Senator loved the opal so much he accepted exile rather than hand it over. My question is, where would this opal be from? Was Ethiopia mined at this time period for opals? Is there another European or Asian source they would have traded with?
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Re: The Roman Opal?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2017, 06:13:21 PM »

Opal in Roman times is presumed to come from the mines in Slovakia.  They still produce limited quantities.
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Re: The Roman Opal?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2017, 08:37:43 PM »

Cool. Another new member who knows opal history! Welcome to the forum, sulfide!

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Re: The Roman Opal?
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2017, 09:19:05 PM »

i just love learning new stuff. welcome :hello:
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