Featured here is a large18.49 carat cabochon opal that expresses a blue base with green red and blue flashes, This fine opal measures 19.4 mm wide, 21 mm long, 13 mm deep with a total depth of 67%. This Ethiopian opal has been cut here in our shop by precision gemstone cutter, Steve Moriarty, owner of our custom design jewelry store, Moriarty's Gem Art, located in Crown Point, Indiana USA! This opal gemstone has been sourced from Ethiopia. This is a fairly new source discovered in 2008. Ethiopia produces hydrophane opals, meaning they absorb liquids. This makes these precious opals resistant to a cracking that is caused by drying out, called crazing. If your opal gemstone gets wet, it will turn a milky white color. Within a couple of days the opal will dry out and its vivid colors will be restored. You will want to be cautious when applying products such as lotions, perfumes, hair sprays, hair dyes, etc.
What makes jewelry & gemstones from us unlike anything else?
Our family has over 30 years of experience in the jewelry and gemstone business. Most of gemstones you see are cut by Steve Moriarty and all the jewelry designs were done by in house artist, Christopher Michael. No other company puts so much effort behind every gemstone and every design. Buying from Moriarty's Gem Art, you get more than gift, you get a story.
Time, imagination and energy go behind every piece of custom jewelry. From the cutting of the gemstones, to designing the perfect piece to fit it. The Moriarty family will make sure your piece of jewelry will be unlike anything else you have ever seen.