Pink Mookaite rough chunk, 4 1/2" x 1-2 3/4". Aust. Pink Opal, natural (rc61394)
Pink Mookaite (Australian Pink Opal) rough chunk
Origin: Near Carnarvon, Western Australia
Characteristics: Several shades of translucent pink and salmon colors, small inclusions of dark and white material. Trade name for this rare variety of Pink Mookaite is Australian Pink Opal. It came from only 1 small small area in Western Australia, I don't know if they are still finding it, no new rough on the internet. Hardness is 6-7. Polishes to a real nice luster.
This discovery in 2011 was made in the Gascoyne region, east of the coastal town of Carnarvon in Western Australia. Up until this time the only source for pink opal had been from Peru. I purchased this rough in Arizona in 2012.
Approx size: irregular 4 1/2" x 1 - 2 3/4" x 1". Weight: 7.6 oz.
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