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A-14 weight: 1 carats. size: 8x5x3 mm. A great little ring stone that’s bright enough to use as a pendant. A solid Queensland boulder opal with perfect shape, the colors are mostly gold, green, and orange.

Smaller stones are best used as ring stones unless they are very bright. Then they can be used in earrings or pendants. Because these hang vertically they need to be bright in order to still sparkle in the less-direct light they receive. As a ring stone they receive a more direct horizontal (and varied) incidence of light. This delicate beauty is bright enough to be worn anywhere on the body. Price: $35.
A-15 weight: 1.1 carats. size:6x8x3.5 mm. Solid Queensland boulder opal. This little red striped wonder is shaped best for a pendant, but would work in a ring with an organic design. The multi-colored pinfire pattern provides a great backdrop for the electric red streaks. The stone loves sunlight. Price: $35.
A-28 weight: 2.2 carats. size: 12x6x3 mm. The brilliant blue of this Queensland boulder opal would look good as a ring or a pendant, but if I were to set it I’d do so with a simple bell cap on the top grey potch of the stone, being sure not to cover the nice green flash that’s there. Either silver or gold would look nice. Price: $70.

A-29 weight: 1 carats. size: 11x8x1.6 mm. The classic shape of this Lightning Ridge opal would suit either a ring or a pendant, but I’d go for the ring. There are two distinct patterns in the stone, and they can be appreciated most when the stone is moving . . . like when your hand is moving. Great mix of colors, and pretty bright, this opal has another bonus: its depth is very thin. This means that when it’s set it will look more like a 2 ½ to 3 ½ carat gem than the 1 carat it actually weighs. Price: $65

A-19 weight: 1.7 carats. size: 10x8x3.3 mm. Electric blue stripes flash on and off across the face of this solid opal from Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia. It’s best suited for a ring stone. I’d go for a silver setting with this color, bezel set rather than prongs. Price: $30.
A-20 weight: 1.7 carats. size: 14x6x2.9 mm. If green goes with your eyes, this might be just the opal for you. Perfectly suited for a pendant, this solid Queensland boulder opal has plenty of bright scintillating color. There’s actually a very faint blue/grey background over which plays the various shades of green. Very interesting. You can spend hours gazing into it. Price: $55.
A-21 weight: 1.4 carats. size: 11x9x2.6 mm. This solid grey matrix base opal is from Lightning Ridge, and is very deceptive. It’s actually pretty thin, and so when set will look more like a 3 or 4 carat stone, than the 1.7 carats it actually weighs.

There’s nothing deceptive about the color! Bold and electric with varied patterns. It really comes alive when it’s moved around, and so I’d bezel set it in a ring . . . either silver or gold will do equally well. Price: $25.
A-31 weight: 1.8 carats. size: 10x8x3.5 mm. Electric blue stipes and a rolling green flash are the key features of this Lightning Ridge black jelly opal. Even in the shade these colors will wink at you. Would make a nice pendant and a better ring; bezel set in silver or gold. Price: $25.
A-26 weight: 1.6 carats. size: 10x10x3.1 mm. This is a particularly bright solid opal from Coober Pedy, with a brilliant play of color. You’ll notice an inclusion of potch just on the edge in one small area. This means the opal will benefit from a bezel setting, which will serve to hide this little flaw and turn the appearance of this beauty to flawless.

Another bonus is that even though there’s a nice dome to the top of the opal, it’s actually very shallow in depth. This means that when it’s set it will look more like a 2 to 3 carat stone than the 1.4 carats it actually weighs. Worn in any setting for any part of the body, this gem will flash. Set in silver if you prefer the metal, but the quality can justify gold. Price: $50.
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