SOLD: Australian Lightning Ridge black opal, five carats


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Five carats of fire and rainbows live within this stunning Lightning Ridge black opal.

A deep rolling flash of red to orange dominates. But there are lots of other fireworks across the spectrum too.

I took great pains to get a realistic valuation for this beauty. Very few people are knowledgeable enough, even here in Sydney, to assess top stones like this.

The retail valuation is 33,000 Australian dollars – about 24,000 USD. Yes, this is a serious stone!

I did buy it very well, though, and am delighted that I can offer it for sale for 18,000 AUD – the wholesale price my gem lab gave me.

It’s the most beautiful and valuable example I’ve ever been lucky enough to own.


• Oval high cabochon cut Australian black opal, described in Gem Studies Laboratory Opal Authentication Report AA 63873 as 5.00 carats, 13.57 x 10.90 x 6.14mm, mined in Lightning Ridge, and showing a bright full spectral range with a large red/orange rolling flash
• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $33,000
• In excellent condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (the antique box is not for sale)

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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