Opal Specimens / Rough (Honduran Black)

Rough Honduran Black Opal specimens, perfect for mineral collectors or rock tumblers.

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Rough Honduran Black Opal Specimens

Rough Honduran Black Opal specimens, perfect for mineral collectors or rock tumblers. These pieces have a dark black matrix with pinprick splashes of colour. Honduran Opal is the oldest Opal in the world and is volcanic.

We sell these pieces by weight. They may be suitable for cutting or may need further treatment to enhance the colours - I'm not sure if this is something people do or not!

When you receive the pieces, they will look like a fairly boring black and brown rock. The black is a form of basalt, the brown often sandstone.

This material isn't the best grade and the fire is quite limited; however, when polished it will stand out more - and the pieces are quite large, so a braver person than me might be tempted to split them.
Obviously, this material doesn't remotely compare with the quality (or price!) of black Australian Opal, and typically is not often used for jewellery - more often polished and carved, or kept as a specimen - but I have seen cabochon cuts too.

They have been photographed both wet and dry. I can't say for sure whether or not there may be further colour inside some of these pieces but there might be!

Frequently asked questions and delivery information

How do we grade stones?

There is no overall universal grading system for the majority of our products. As such, the grades we use are internal only. They simply refer to higher and lower qualities, but they may be entirely different grades to other websites. C grade pieces are of lower quality than B grade, which is lower than A grade.


How does our ordering and delivery process work?

You place an order via the website. When it’s been picked and packed, your order will be marked as completed and dropped off at our local post office. We have an account with the post office called a “Drop and Go” account, which allows the post office staff to process our parcels when they have free time, rather than me queuing up and delaying everyone else.

I get tracking information etc online when this has been completed. I typically do not send tracking information to customers unless they request it – but if you’ve requested tracked postage, it has been sent tracked! If you have any worries or concerns about your parcel being delayed please feel free to get in touch and I’ll send the tracking info over! We also get delivery confirmations for parcels over 25MM thick by default.


How do international orders work?

After Brexit, with the UK leaving the European Union, certain things have changed with regards to international orders. European Union customers will now likely be liable to pay the same amount of import VAT as any other international customers. You will be responsible for any customs and import fees.


I’d like to return my order for a refund.

No problem at all – just get in touch and we’ll arrange it. You can read our full returns policy here.


What payment methods do you accept?

I can accept Paypal, Stripe, cheque, and direct bank transfers. Paypal and Stripe will both allow you to pay with credit and debit cards.


1 review for Opal Specimens / Rough (Honduran Black)

  1. Alexis Zafiropoulos (verified owner)

    Great value for this very special variety of opal. Great fun to shape, carve and polish using hand tools and wet and dry to reveal amazing colour. Needs to be wet to reveal all the lovely fire. Also smaller chips can be collected into glass tubes with water for fun viewing with a jewelers loupe or try X40 magnification under the microscope for an amazing light show.
    Speedy delivery and well packed too with cool free gifts. Cheers John.

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