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Landscape opal from Opal Butte, Morrow County, Oregon. This has an interesting face up play of color that is faint, almost like bluish clouds suspended within the crystal opal. Top specimen and an excellent example of what this deposit is capable of producing.
I can't take credit for cutting this. The amazing Dale Hewitt, miner at Opal Butte when the mine was producing cut some of the exceptional pieces that came from the mine. His work is near flawless, as a lapidarist I marvel at how he was able to to get such a high polish on huge broad faces, and the polish between the opal and jasper is seamless. The difference between good and great are only slight but it is apparent in his work.
A note about photography with Opal Butte opal: Opals are incredibly difficult to capture, Opal Butte material being by far the hardest to photograph that I have worked with. I have rarely taken time to photograph these because it is very, very time consuming. I take pride in the final result which shows the landscapes of jaspers, interesting inclusions and the light bending in the hazy color plays. Please keep in mind every lighting, indoor, outdoor and even time of day highlights different features of opal, these were all photographed in natural sunlight, I find direct light around dusk/dawn is my favorite. In hand of course they should look much more amazing than in the photo.
Weight: 296.6 ct
Size: 60x36x25 mm
Type: Landscape Opal from Opal Butte, Oregon.
Shape: Free form
Color Play: N/A