Colors to please everyone: Exclusive All-Opals Auction, July 20
NEW YORK – Check the results of any auction of loose gemstones and you will find that the opals consistently prompt some of the fiercest fights and biggest winning bids. Jasper52 has wisely cut to the chase and offered an Exclusive All-Opals Auction on Wednesday, July 20, starting at 4 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Three favorites for top-lot status include an 8.33-carat Ethiopian black fire opal with a oval cut; a black fire opal weighing 6.21 carats and sporting a pear cabochon cut; and an oval-cut multi-color opal of 7.07 carats. That said, the auction lineup contains 295 lots, all of which are likely to find new homes.
Among the other standouts are an orange fire opal in an oval cabochon cut, weighing 9.56 carats; an Ethiopian blue opal of 10.19 carats, cut as a round cabochon; a 7.10-carat Australian doublet opal, its surface swirled with gold and reminiscent of a fingerprint; a pair of multi-color opals, each cut as oval cabochons and together weighing 5.08 carats; a 3.34-carat black fire opal oval cabochon, its black surface festooned with patches of deep red and flecks of green; an Ethiopian fire opal oval cabochon of 5.35 carats that looks good enough to eat (but please don’t); and a multi-color fire opal in oval cabochon form, weighing 4.18 carats and marked with dots, smudges and segments of green that gives the impression they could glow in the dark.
An obvious prize and thus an obvious highlight is a natural Ethiopian black fire opal weighing 8.33 carats and featuring a faceted oval cut. It blazes with a captivating range of colors – orange, green, red and yellow – and is estimated at $200-$250.
Equally alluring is a black fire opal of 6.21 carats. Its pear cabochon cut amply shows off its deep blue and green hues, which make it look like a small, oddly shaped sister planet to Earth. It is estimated at $150-$200.
Also certain to light up the bidding is a 7.07-carat natural oval-cut multi-color opal, estimated at $150-$200. Unlike the previous two highlighted opals, the stone clarity of this example is described as translucent, rather than opaque. The rainbow of hues it yields will command and hold your attention as you tilt and turn it.
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