ROCK TRIVIA: ETHIOPIAN WELO OPALS
Recently a new discovery of gem quality Opal was discovered in Ethiopia on a plateau in the highlands. Remarkably, only locals are allowed to mine this field. The main field which is creating a stir in the gem world is called Welo. This gemstone material is spectacular with a variety of including clear, milky, brown and even black material.
The colors are very striking with red being common and blue quite rare which is the opposite to Australian Opals. There are even colors that are not present in Australian Opals like turquoise and indigo.
While Ethiopian Opals have only recently begun to be mined commercially, anthropologists have found artifacts in the area dating to 4,000 years BC, which means that Africa mined Opals before Australia.
I just ordered a strand of the Opals pictured below. They should arrive in about 10 days.