Hi IGS and other gemstone enthusiasts,
My name is Bob Jones & I live just south of Birmingham, AL. At 65 years old my hobby has turned from just collecting to buying, trading and selling unique gems I have been collecting for many years now. When the Shewa Province mountainside was discovered in the 1990\’s I was watching JTV as they discussed it. I was fascinated with how the entire mining process began and then in 2008 \”Welo\” soon became a new source and name for Opals. Then in about 2013 the Stayish black opal mine began operation. I have read that it is possible for the Opal mines of Ethiopia may in fact surpass Australia as the worlds leading source of opal. What started in the early 90\’s is approaching only 30 years but some believe opals from this area may date back for hundreds or possibly thousands of years by some historical ideas that have been promoted.
I am a foundryman by family trade and never thought that chemistry, math and physics would come in so handy but they have. Even thermodynamics has helped me to understand the nature of geophysical events in this volcanic area. If you have read this far thank you. It is my contention that some opals are the most beautiful of all the gemstones due to their play of colors. When looking at an opal and seeing all the colors I believe these unique stones are like holding a rainbow in your hand!
Thanks for Your Time,