The rainbow-colored, opal stone with the name Australian Fire was first displayed at the South Australian museum after being discovered 60 years ago.
According to the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, the Australian fire worth over $ 675,000 is the most precious raw opal in the world. "Australian Fire is about the size of a soft ball (similar to baseball but larger) and has a rainbow color. Its unique feature lies in its high quality and large size. one of the signs of high-value opal stone, "said Brian Oldman, South Australia's museum director.(Photo: South Australia Museum).
This gem was first discovered by miner Walter Bartram in 1946 in the famous opal stone mine in South Australia.(Photo: CNN).
According to Oldman, South Australia is the region producing more than 90% of high-value opal production in the world.(Photo: Getty).
He said the stone is part of an opal chain deep in the ground and will be split into small pieces . "A large opal stone is usually unpolished and is divided into small pieces and polished afterwards, " Oldman said.(Photo: AFP).
Bartram's family, the owner of an opal mining and distribution company, has preserved the gem for the past 60 years. "The Baram family has polished Australian fire, they are aware of its rare value and want to show the quality of the stone," Oldman said.In the picture, a researcher from the American Institute of Gemstones (GIA) is examining and classifying gemstones.(Photo: Getty).
After loaning the exhibit to the South Australian Museum, the Bartram family decided to donate this gem. "We have long believed in the museum of South Australia and the handover of the stone to the museum for everyone to admire is a must , " said Alan, son of Walter Bartram.(Photo: South Australia Museum).
Although the stone has an impressive beauty, Australian Fire is not the most valuable opal tablet in the world so far.The world's largest and most expensive opal tablet is the Olympic Autralis tablet, weighing 3.45kg, worth about $ 1.9 million.Jewelry maker Altmann and Cherny officially became the owner of this opal tablet in 1956. Opal tablets are now on display at stores in Sydney, Australia.(Photo: Getty).
Meanwhile, Virgin Rainbow (pictured) is considered the world's largest honed opal, owned by the South Australia museum.(Photo: Getty).