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What is WELO?

By: Muhammad HossainUpdated: February 17, 2021


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Welo "Precious Fire Opals"
Much of the opal produced from the Wollo Province has an orange, yellow or reddish body color along with play-of-color.

Also, are WELO Opals real?

Ethiopia is the newest source, with the first discovery in 1994. The most prolific source – which was named in the movie – was in found 2008 near a town called Wegal Tena in Wollo Province. This material, mostly white opal, was formed from the silica from ancient volcanic ash.

Similarly, why do Ethiopian opals turn yellow?

Ethiopian Opals are "hydrophane", which makes them thirsty for water. If the opals are left in water and allowed to soak it up, they may lose their fire temporarily and turn yellow or brown.

Is Ethiopian Opal a good investment?

Affordable prices
Ethiopian opal tends to be available at a lower price than from other sources, such as Australia or Brazil. This makes it more affordable to buy, especially in bulk, and a good reason for investing.

What is Blue Opal?

Peruvian opal (also called blue opal) is a semi-opaque to opaque blue-green stone found in Peru, which is often cut to include the matrix in the more opaque stones. It does not display a play of color. Blue opal also comes from Oregon in the Owyhee region, as well as from Nevada around the Virgin Valley.


What is the most expensive Opal?

In terms of polished stone, the Virgin Rainbow, a rare crystal opal that's also owned by the South Australian Museum, is the world's most expensive opal on a per gram basis, valued at $750,000.

What is Dragons Breath Opal?

fire opal cabachon is 25x18mm. ABOUT MEXICAN OPALS: Mexican Opal, also known as Dragon's Breath, is a collector's nickname for man-made stones that are made of glass and mixed with certain metals to produce a brilliant color shifting effect.

What is honeycomb Opal?

Genuine, untreated and earth-mined from Ethiopia. The color pattern is called 'honeycomb' and is the most priced and rare color pattern for welo opals. The color rolls in through the whole opal. All colors from red, orange, yellow and green are present and so bright they can even be seen indoors.

Where do opals come from?

Opal is found around the world (Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and the western US) however Australia produces 95% of the world's precious opal and it is our official national gemstone. (see Google Arts and Culture - Australian opals).

Is an opal?

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica (SiO. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals.

How do you restore opals?

Wipe these stones with a soft cloth after wearing. The opal, one of the most fragile gems, will lose moisture and crack in a harsh cleaning. To restore moisture, rub a finger gently over the surface to contribute natural skin oil. Opals can also be rubbed with a bit of baby or mineral oil on a cotton swab.

What are opal stones?

Opalescence is a form of adularescence. For gemstone use, most opal is cut and polished to form a cabochon. "Solid" opal refers to polished stones consisting wholly of precious opal. Opals too thin to produce a "solid" may be combined with other materials to form attractive gems.