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Worlds Largest Opal Matrix found in Australia
By: Yash Desai   |    November 8, 2011   |   10 Comments (0) (0)

A behemoth of an Opal Matrix has just been found in the opal fields of South Australia. The stone which is a whoppingly unbelievable 55,000 carats in size is currently in Australia and was found by noted designer Stuart Hughes and his associates.

The opal is about 30 cms in length with a height of 15-20 cms and a 4 cm thickness. Its estimated value is at least 1 million dollars USD. However as far as opals go, this one has set the benchmark which is certainly going to remain for the next few years. Historically, the largest opal found so far was just 6,100 carats in size. The current one is nearly ten times that size.

Given that Stuart Hughes loves his fancy stones and precious elements Ė its going to be fun to see what he can dream up with this world record setter of an opal.

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Kristoff commented on September 14, 2013

it's spelt cm, never cms

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Peter-john Forner commented on February 8, 2012

Hi everyone. Just a change to above story. Stuart Hughes has been very helpful in getting the story out about the opal matrix however he didn't find it.I'm sure Stuart never said he did it just got reported that way.I'm actually the owner of this great specimen of nature.I'll answer any questions you have on it. And yes it is for sale! :)

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Peter-john Forner commented on February 8, 2012

Hi everyone. Just a change to above story. Stuart Hughes has been very helpful in getting the story out about the opal matrix however he didn't find it.I'm sure Stuart never said he did it just got reported that way.I'm actually the owner of this great specimen of nature.I'll answer any questions you have on it. And yes it is for sale! :)

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Nick commented on January 25, 2012

Can't wait to see what kind of items Mr. Hughes makes from that stone. It's crazy huge.

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LINDA HORNBY commented on January 19, 2012

Any news yet on what is being done with this amazing stone?

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Stevie Wonder Biondo commented on November 19, 2011

Yes..quite beautiful and rare...yet it is not not solid opal. Was the "host" stone treated to darken it? Can't quite see a value of one million dollars!!

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Yash Desai commented on November 19, 2011

I will be the first to admit that I am no expert on opals. However if you really need to know then I would ask you to contact Stuart Hughes over at stuarthughes.com

Yash Desai commented on November 12, 2011

No idea Deidre, but from what I know of Hughes - he likes to dream big. So chances are, he will use the entire opal in a single magnificent offering. Stay tuned, we will definitely report on what he does with it.

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Deidre Woollard commented on November 12, 2011

wow, that's an amazing piece, I hope Hughes leaves it relatively intact and doesn't break it into smaller pieces.

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Yash Desai commented on November 12, 2011

No idea Deidre, but from what I know of Hughes - he likes to dream big. So chances are, he will use the entire opal in a single magnificent offering. Stay tuned, we will definitely report on what he does with it.

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