Stunning Fire Opal Looks Like a Blazing Sunset in the Clouds

Florida-based gemstone enthusiast Jeff Schultz captures a stunning image of a Mexican Fire Opal that, depending on how you visually interpret it, looks like a beautiful sunset in the clouds or a fiery explosion with billowing smoke. Though the collector is a groundskeeper at State College of Florida by day, his fascination with opals and various gems has resulted in a vast accumulation of the intriguing gemstones, each one with unique attributes.

Like the spectacular Opal Butte crystal we discovered earlier this month, Shultz's incredible opal is especially eye-catching when exposed to light, which reflects and disperses throughout. Shultz shares a second image of the same opal from a different angle, revealing just how essential lighting and perspective are when viewing the gemstones. It's like a hidden little universe that awakes with light.

Jeff Schultz on Flickr
via [reddit]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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