Welcome to WELLO OPALS of Ethiopia...


About Wello Opals...

Welo opals are diverse in color, type, and fire.

The most common finds of opals are crystal opals of various color range; from clear crystal to translucent, with shades of white, yellow, orange, brown, red, green, blue, purple, gray and black. The fire patterns are also diverse: pin fire, harlequin fire, linear fire patterns, sheets of fire in layers, and many more.

Welo opals are hydrophane. This means that when wet, they absorb water and become clear at first, and then cloudy white.

In about a week to two weeks they dry at which point they show their best fire.

When cutting Wello opals use water. First start by removing the dirt, then you can shape and polish the opal. After cutting the opal, leave it out to dry for a week to two.

 

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