The Finest Opal Ever Unearthed Is Going On Display

A Fully Crystal Opal of Unequal Quality

The South Australia Museum will shortly exhibit what it believes is the best opal stone ever found — a 6.0-centimetre (2.4 inch) multi-colored gem unearthed in the Outback named the Virgin Rainbow.

The stone is valued at more than Aus$1.0 million (US$730,000), and will go on public display for the first time in September to mark the centenary of opal mining in Australia.

Museum Director Brian Oldman believes that this fully crystal opal is of unequaled quality.

“Its beauty exceeds that of any other opal ever discovered.”

“It’s almost as if there’s a fire in there; you see all different colours. As the light changes, the opal itself changes. It’s quite an amazing trick of nature”

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Some 90 percent of the world’s opals come from South Australia, once covered by an inland sea which over millions of years provided an ideal environment for the formation of the stone.

“Crystal Opal – transparent to semi-transparent Precious Opal, with an exceptional play of color; the “see-through” body color can be colorless, light or dark. Crystal Opal is an extraordinary stone of health and healing, supporting the entire being. It brings high spirits and a deep feeling of joy and exuberance to one’s life. Utilizing the element of Fire, it inspires cleverness, imagination and creativity, art and poetry, and helps one understand that which will continue to exist after the completion of one’s “stay” in the physical body. Crystal Opals may be used for “gazing” and to stimulate visions from within the realms of eternity.” Source: Crystal Vaults

Source: Artdaily

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