Is that a nebula trapped inside a gemstone?
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!