by Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Wednesday 28 May 2014

Look at all that galactic beauty in the palm of your hands! Thing is, that’s not an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, trapped inside a stone. It’s really just a stone. Ok maybe not JUST a stone, it’s a $20,000 opal, to be exact.

It’s a ‘very fine American contraluz opal’ that was found in Opal butte, Oregon. Bonhams, the auction house that sold the gem last May, describes it as, ‘clear, transparent crystal body having a fine, firey play-of-color that is gem quality. The piece has a botryoidal jasper formation which forms a unique inclusion’.

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful that’s come out of the earth? This thing puts the stellar in interstellar!

Via Sploid