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VINTAGE Precious Crystal OPAL Cabochon loose gemstone 1.43 cts CAB22

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VINTAGE Precious Crystal OPAL Cabochon loose gemstone 1.43 cts CAB22


Vintage cabochon of Australian crystal opal, a well polished stone of 1.43 carats and dimensions 16.3 x 8.2 x 1.8 mm. The stone is transparent and has no cracks or crazing. The weight of the gem is mostly distributed horizontally, making it look as if it weighs more than it actually does.

OPAL is found all over the world. It is made of silica (silicon oxide) like quartz, but has water in its structure as well. Opal can be opaque to nearly transparent (crystal opal), almost any color, including white and black, and sometimes displays rainbow colors ("fire")in myriad patterns (precious opal). Opal that does not contain fire is called common opal. Precious opal has been prized for centuries as a valuable gemstone. Opal is the birthstone for October.

Precious opal comes from several localities worldwide, but Australia is by far the best known and most prolific source. Individual areas produce distinctive opal types, and these have their own locality names (Mintabie, Coober Pedy, etc.) Opal contains water, and sometimes the material spontaneously dehydrates and develops tiny cracks, a process known as "crazing". This can occur as soon as the opal is dug up, or sometimes even years later. The best way to avoid crazing is to purchase opal that has been cut and polished and in storage for a long time. This is not a 100% guarantee, but minimizes the likelihood of an unexpected change.

The opal shown is a lovely "crystal opal" with myriad colors, including shades of green, red and orange, evenly distributed throughout the stone. It is vintage material and has been out of the ground for at least 30 years. The polish is excellent and this gem would make a lovely focal item in a piece of fine jewelry. This type of opal, when filled with myriad tiny dark particles, becomes "black opal" - the most highly prized and expensive opal variety, and for centuries considered a "precious" gemstone.

The price is for the one cabochon, and the shipping cost includes insurance.

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United States
First Item: $3.00
Additional Items: $0.40

First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $0.75

United Kingdom
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.00

First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.25

All Other Countries
First Item: $6.50
Additional Items: $1.25


We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.

**We only automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! We do send all such packages with a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class ***
Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of this nature, please contact us for a shipping quotation. Priority Mail to Canada and Mexico starts at $10.00 and to other countries at $24.00.

Please email us if you require either of these options.

All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!

All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.

All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.

If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order ( assuming we have more in stock ) , issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped and within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem


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