Can we just take a minute here to appreciate opals?
From top left:
- Boulder opal.
- Ethiopian opal.
- Black crystal opal (considered the “Holy grail” of opals).
- Andamooka matrix opal.
- Yowah nut opal.
- Mexican fire opal.
- Mezezo opal.
- White harlequin opal.
- Panel boulder black opal.
So this one time, I was in the desert Southwest of Tonopah, Nevada, and found a huge piece of petrified wood, about a foot long and 5-6 inches wide. Half of one end was opal, which rippled as it blended into the still visible tree rings.
I set it on the ground as I was putting the other rocks I had found into the trunk, then drove away. I didn’t even realize I had left the opal until much much later (and too far away to go back to get it).
I know this story is boring, but seriously, that opal was so spectacular that I still think about it and can picture it clearly, 7 years later.