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A-1 weight: 5.8 carats. size: 14x12x5.2mm. A great ring stone from Lightning Ridge. There's a lot of depth to the blue color, probably because of the translucence of the body. If you hold the opal up against the light you can see right through it. There's also a hint of electric green scintillation in one part of the stone when it is rotated in direct sunlight.

Because of its size and bulbous shape, this bubble of blue would look good on the hand of a gent or a lady. A prong or bezel setting will work, but for this gem I'd prefer the bezel. Price: $40.
A-2 weight: 3.1 carats. size: 8x19x3.2mm. A solid opal from Coober Pedy, Australia. Lots of multi-colored pinfire, sort of like electric confetti with all the rainbow colors. Although a perfect stone for a pendant, it would really look good as a ring stone on a hand with long fingers. Price: $45.
A-4 weight: 7.9 carats. size: 22x16x3.4 mm. Because of its size, this solid Coober Pedy opal would work well as a pendant or a broach . . . unless you’re looking for a very flamboyantly flashy ring stone. Even though in direct sunlight the predominant flash here is RED! there’s still a deeper roll of green and gold in more subdued light. Price: $80.

A-6 weight: 6.8 carats. size: 16x12x3.6 mm. Queensland boulder opal is noted for its ability to sometimes show what looks like a scene or landscape. With a little imagination, this stone does that for me. It helps that the stone is so big. There are two areas on the face of the stone that show no opal color. To me they look like two mountains in a sea of sunset fire. One mountain is an ironstone inclusion that reaches the surface of the stone. The other is also ironstone, but lies beneath the surface of the stone, and so looks to me like a mountain in the background.

Regardless of these fantasies, this is a large, well shaped stone that would work well as a pendant or ring. Plenty of color, with red being predominant. Price: $30

A-8 weight: 0.7 carats. size: 8x5x2.4 mm. Electric blues and greens are brilliant in this solid Queensland boulder opal. This sweet little stone would look great on a slender band of silver or gold, but because of its color flash could also work well as a pendant. Price: $40.
A-9 weight: 0.7 carats. size: 7x5x2.4 mm. The blue of this solid Queensland boulder opal serves as the backdrop against which the electric green platelets can sparkle. Perfect for a petite ring in either silver or gold, bezel set. Price: $60.
A-10 weight: 0.6 carats. size: 8x5x2.5 mm. A very strange little ring stone from Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. This field is famous for producing the world’s best “black opal”, which comprises a little more than half of the face of this solid opal . . . the rest being crystal with lots of color. It’s like an eclipse, with a green lightning bolt connecting the night and day. Best set in a bezel. Price: $60.
A-11 weight: 0.8 carats. size: 10x5x2.5 mm. A top quality solid Queensland boulder opal, this deserves a designer’s touch. Someone who can work with the triangular shape can produce a great piece of jewelry with this stone, regardless if ring, pendant, or broach.

Blues and greens always go well with a silver setting, but the quality of this stone can justify the expense of gold . . . and even diamonds as side stones. A real gem. Price: $90.
A-12 weight: 1 carats. size: 8x6x3 mm. A nice piece of Lightning Ridge jelly opal, this solid little bubble of blue is transparent if held up to the light. Because of this, the color will be better if the stone is set with a bezel rather than with prongs. As a ring stone for a young lady, the colors would go well with silver. Price: $40.
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