Behold a Rare Honeycomb Welo Opal

The things that Mother Nature produces will simply amaze.

This super rare Honeycomb Welo Opal from Welo province in northern Ethiopia looks like a dinosaur egg that’s about to hatch.

The splash of vibrant colors also makes it look like the opal contains a universe of some sort, especially the fiery bright color which gives the gem its due name.

According to Geology, a fire opal “is a variety of opal that has a bright yellow, bright orange or bright red background color…Precious Opal is a name given to any opal that exhibits “play-of-color”, a flashing display of spectral colors when the opal is “played” under a light source.

Check out the Honeycomb Welo Opal and more opal varieties from around the world after the jump.

Another Ethiopian welo opal (via RDianLove/tw)
Opal from Queensland, Australia (via Havenlust/tw)
Cantera opal from Sinaloa, Mexico
Cantera opal from Sinaloa, Mexico (via western_opals)
Ethiopian Opal Geode (tw/welcometonature)
Rainbow ContraLuz Ethiopian Welo Polished Opal (via opalactions/tw)

By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.