Miniature, 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.7 cm
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This fine Ethiopian opal measures in at 88 carats, a lucky number in the Chinese culture. It is very difficult to find clean rough in this size from the Ethiopian deposits, and this stone would be expensive simply for its quality and size in any case. The lucky number target on carat weight was decided on by the cutter when he realized it would end up around 90 carats anyhow. Opals are notoriously hard to photograph, and keep in mind that in person, the piece would show a further chatoyance and depth that is hard to capture with the camera lens. Joe Budd Photos.