Lapidaryforum.net

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

Welcome new members & old from the Lapidary/Gemstone Community Forum. Please join up. You will be approved after spam check & you must manually activate your acct with the link in your email

Congratulations to Stonemon and his White Plume Agate and Sandsave and his Coprolite!

 www.lapidaryforum.net

Another cabochon contest coming soon!

Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: World's Largest Black Opal  (Read 1251 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

vitzitziltecpatl

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 522
World's Largest Black Opal
« on: January 24, 2017, 06:18:49 AM »

Well, I guess this will give all us opalholics something to shoot for. If any of our members here have a larger one, post it up here. I know we're waaaaay out of the running... .

http://www.geologyin.com/2017/01/its-official-this-227-kg-opal-is.html

Here's one photo from the article.


Logged


mirkaba

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 50
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2017, 09:34:25 AM »

:)  Pretty nice Vince....................I think I would spend the rest of my life trying to decide what to do with it.
Logged

gemfeller

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 400
    • Art Cut Gems
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2017, 10:27:12 AM »

Vince, that's amazing -- almost 5 *pounds* of gem grade black!

The article mentions it was polished by Christine Rousel who tragically died far too young of cancer a few years ago.  I had a very enjoyable correspondence with Christine who shared with me some of her secrets for opal carving.  She also sent me images of some of her amazing work.  I'll share a couple here.

Shell1b email copy.JPG
*Shell1b email copy.JPG (174.09 kB . 395x599 - viewed 283 times)

Christine 2.jpg
*Christine 2.jpg (69.37 kB . 207x276 - viewed 277 times)
Logged

vitzitziltecpatl

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 522
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2017, 04:22:18 PM »

Those are fabulous images of Christine Rousel's work. As I remember it, she was a carver who was looked up to by others all over the world.

gemfeller

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Online Online
  • Posts: 400
    • Art Cut Gems
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2017, 05:23:53 PM »

Yes, she had a worldwide reputation.  There are others in Oz and elsewhere who are very well known too but Christine was special IMO.  She was very down-to-earth and helpful to would-be carvers like me.  She did some amazing work.  She sat on the Lightning Ridge opal valuation group so had close connections with miners.  Most of her work was cutting opals, not carving them but the carving took on greater and greater importance as it became known.  Her passing was a great loss to the gem world.
Logged

Neural

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 148
  • Opal Addict
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2017, 03:32:08 PM »

Christine was truly gifted with carving opal.  Her work is just unmatched, in my opinion.
Logged
OpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpalOpal

ileney

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 289
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2017, 06:42:25 AM »

Beautiful!
Logged

ASO

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 55
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2017, 01:13:08 AM »

One of my miners hit a thick seam of black opal several feet long and when it fell from the roof of the drive it broke into a few very large chunks.  The largest chunk is just a little bit smaller than that one but the overall weight for all the pieces has to be some sort of record, its being looked into now and all the specs are being tallied.  The whole set of stones is green blue all across the face from top to bottom and is much gemmyer and has a much better carving job.  Ill put some pics up and possibly a link to an article when were ready to release it to the world possibly some time around Tucson. 

Stay tuned
Adam A&S Opals LLC 
Logged

crashoveroide

  • Jr. Member
  • **
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 50
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2017, 10:02:07 PM »

Beautiful stone..!!
Logged

Colette

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 11
Re: World's Largest Black Opal
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2017, 05:30:02 AM »

That is gorgeous! and huge  :smiley:
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
 

Page created in 0.099 seconds with 39 queries.