.14ct Avg Mexican Fire Opal Radiant 4x3mm Loose
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This .14ct radiant cut Mexican fire opal is beautiful for its color effects of orange to red flares and is very nicely cut. The state of Queretaro is the pioneering opal cradle and mining area of central Mexico. In this region the opal deposits are located mainly in the mountain ranges of three municipalities: Colon, Tequisquiapan and Ezequiel Montes. During the 1960s through the mid-1970s the Queretaro mines were heavily mined. Today's opal miners report that it was much easier to find quality opals with a lot of fire and play of color back then, whereas today the gem quality opals are very hard to come by and command hundreds of US dollars or more.