In the early 1990′s, a new type of opal was found in Mezezo Ethiopia Africa. This new opal was called Ethiopian Chocolate opal because of the chocolate color found inside the nodule.
These opals are found at Yita Ridge, in the Menz Gishe District of Shewa Province, around 150 miles northeast of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
The opal field lies around 12 miles north of Mezezo and extends for several square kilometers along the northern side of the Yita Ridge.
This type of opal is Volcanic in origin. The opals are found in a nodular form within a 3 meters thick continuous layer of welded volcanic ash, similar to obsidian in character and just as tough to mine.
Only about 1% of these nodules contain play of color or fire and are classified as gem or precious opal. The spectral colors are very striking with red being common and blue quite rare, which is the opposite to Australian opals.
The most coveted of these nodules have a center of precious opal showing brilliant neon colors that flash across the complete color spectrum.
Gem quality Chocolate Ethiopian opals have a diverse play of colors, from Neon reds, oranges, green, blue, white, yellow and gold. The are even colors that are not present in Australian opals, such as turquoise and indigos.
Precious Ethiopian Chocolate Opal is widely sought after world wide. The color is brilliant and rivals any top grade precious opal in the world. Most have a high brightness level with hot neon multi-colors and multiple patterns exhibited.
These opals have become quite popular as they have striking pattern formations which make each opal so unique. With amazing patterns and fire play, Ethiopian Chocolate Opal is loved by many polishers, carvers and specimen collectors around the world.
Truly “World Class”, precious Ethiopian Chocolate Opals are a must have for any collector as a specimen or as an investment for the future.
Photographs will never do these opals justice. To hold one in your hand is to understand just how amazing they are.
Mysterious, powerful, emotive, the fire and brilliance of Opals captures the imagination, as we dive into the spectral play of colors with childlike wonder.
Both calming and stimulating, precious opal opens the door to altered states of consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions, stimulating originality and dynamic creativity.
It’s simple beauty, complexity of design, and almost magical presence, stops the chatter and noise of the mind and ego in its tracks, allowing one to enter that most magical place of all, the now.
In this powerful presence, you are able to to see clearly, often with flashes of great insight and intuition. From past events to present circumstances, opals depth and clarity allow wisdom’s clear vision to arise.
Opals remind us in the most straight forward of terms:
Born of ash and mud,
layer upon layer,
veiled in both time and earth,
it’s center is filled with light.
As are we.
© Mark Naea, Life’s Treasures Kauai 2010, no reproduction without written consent.