1.70 ct Mexican opal cut in a Mt. Ida Heart by my friend and fellow cutter Eric Normand. Click on the photo for a larger image :) Pete
Mexican Fire Opal
The "Fire" in this material doesn't refer to play of color (POC) but more to the fiery color of the rough and cut stones. Some of these will have some POC but that's not the star attraction here. These are hand selected pieces that were picked because of their color, clarity and shapes. All Mexican Opal has a little haze to it but I tried to pick the ones where it was minimal. Also you'll find some that will cut that hard to find red color, in the darker stones. Easy to cut, easy to polish and harder than hell to find in good, facetable pieces :)
Ethiopian Opal Rough
Cab it or facet it. This is some of the nicest opal out there. These pieces were all hand selected by yours truly and have both play of color and a shape that insures a good recovery. This material has sat dry for nearly two years so it's about as stable as you can get. Some of the pieces may have a minor crack but it should not have any effect on the finished stones. For you faceters, remember, cold dop ALL Ethiopian Opal as it is heat sensitive.