ORIGIN Ethiopian Opal is found in the steep volcanic cliffs that border the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia. Australia was a dominant market for opals for years, but a small discovery in 1994 put Ethiopia on the global opal map. Ethiopia now produces fine quality opals with brilliant colors and a variety of patterns that are not available in any other kind of opals.
RARITY OF ETHIOPIAN OPAL Australia, being the most prominent source of opal since centuries, has an abundant amount of the gemstone. But Ethiopian Opal is a rare gemstone as miners have only begun to scrape the newly found mines in Ethiopia. These gemstones are tucked amidst the cracks and hidden beneath the layers of the Earth. It takes immense hard work and a precise extraction process to locate and mine these gemstones.