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Written by Ed Sunday, 24 September 2017 03:17

2018 announcement


Announcing the 2018 Carberry Angel 

With a Magical, Fiery, Play-of-Color Rough Cut OPAL

         Being a scientist and an amateur geologist and also a glassblower, I am especially excited to offer these beautiful angels to you.  I am certain that if the three kings had known about this remarkable gem, they would have brought gold, frankincense and opal!  Most people have heard of opals  and many have seen them, but few have witnessed their magic.  Whenever any light falls on their surfaces, they have the amazing quality to display, to flash, a wide range of the brilliant colors of the rainbow.  The colors and their intensities change as one views the gem from different angles.  In sunlight, some of the colors are spectacular, but even in a dimly lit room, most will still display a remarkable vivid "play-of-color".  They are indeed magic gems. 


         These are relatively new gem minerals.  It was not until 1849 that geologists first found these amazing  stones in Australia, which has become the dominant force in the opal market for over 100 years. But today, Ethiopia is becoming the second heavyweight in the opal market.  The opals that I use on my angels are “rough opals” from Ethiopia.  They are called "rough opals", because they have not yet been polished and faceted or polished into true gems that jewelers would use. All rough opals include some of the matrix, the non-gem material in which the opals were found.  Personally, I  think that these are all the more interesting and beautiful because of this matrix material.

        If you are a lover or gems,  I have also created a very limited number of angels that include two different sizes of polished gem quality opal, and one that has both a gem-quality opal and also a “rough” opal.  The polished gems come in two sizes, 0.43 carat (0.085 g) and 0.28 carat (0.55 g).

         For a number of reasons, I have increased angel prices--the first time in about a decade. This is partly because of the cost of the opals and partly because a age 77, it now takes me about twice as long to make each angel -- a fact that I just need to accept. Only time will tell how many more years I will be able to do this glassblowing. 

         Fortunately, I obtained all of my opal specimens through a wholesale dealer friend.  Nonetheless, each rough opal cost me about $4.75 each, the 0.43 carat specimens, $15.00 (worth at least $30.00 retail), and the smaller 0.28 carat specimens, $8.00  (each worth at least $15.00 retail).

         Thus, the cost of this year’s angels holding a rough opal will be $34.00 ($31.52 + $2.48 tax), $44.00 for the angel holding a 0.43 carat polished opal, $36 for the angel holding a 0.28 carat polished opal. And for the angel holding both a rough opal and a 0.43 carat opal, the cost will be 46.00.  To be honest with you, my favorite version is the least expensive --- that holding a rough opal.

         It is nearly impossible to capture the “fiery colors” in photographs, but those shown above and below will give you a general idea of what rough opals can  look like. Keep in mind that the colors change as the specimens are rotated.  Each opal and each angel is unique.


Number of Rough Opal Angels (Use arrows to purchase more than one)
To Order Angels of Any Other Years, eMail me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To purchase one 2018 angel with 0.43 carat polished opal, select button below.

To purchase one 2018 angel with 0.28 carat polished opal, select button below.

o purchase one 2018 angel with both a 0.43 carat polished opal and a rough opal select button below.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 02:18
Written by Ed Monday, 03 November 2014 21:42

You-Tube Videos: The Making of a Carberry Angel


I would like to invite you to watch me making an angel, the 2012 GIFT OF GOLD, from beginning to end.  Watch this two part YouTube video by clicking on each of the links below. 

                     Making An 2012 Angel: PART ONE

                     Making An 2012 Angel: PART TWO

Last Updated on Sunday, 05 November 2017 18:46