Update on the Opal Gemstone Ban in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Opal from Wello

In an attempt to keep the value of opal cutting labor in Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Government has banned the export of their rough opal to be effective May 31st of this year.  The cutting industry in Ethiopia is under-developed and may cause a shortage on material over the next few years.  We have been able to stockpile a kilo of fine rough and will attempt to buy more of this extra-ordinary material before the ban takes effect.

If you are looking for Ethiopia Opal, we carry a large selection

By Steve Moriarty