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Mining the Rainbow Serpent Opal

The video explains the process of mining the Rainbow Serpent opal and takes you underground to where itΒ was found. Β We show you what it had to endure to become the beautiful polished piece that it is.

The gem was found in a “blow” amongst ironstone boulders. These were either pushed up from below and sunk from above. It is said that when you find ironstone mixed up with the sandstone and clay, then there is a high possibility of opal to be found.

The blower pipe which attaches to the hopper.
The blower pipe which attaches to the hopper.

Once the opal had been extracted out of the ground via the blower (which we’ve taught you is really a “sucker” – a giant vacuum cleaner). It the passes to the agitator, or agi for short, where the dirt is washed for hours and sometime days.

It is in this process of being tumbled around that we come to marvel at how a gemstone is left intact after such rough treatment. Watch the rocks come out the other end – see how they have transformed into smooth river pebbles – perfect for your garden!

The Rainbow Serpent Opal
The Rainbow Serpent Opal

The miner is pretty shy and preferred to stay anonymous but you do catch a glimpse of his back and his hand – we promise he is real! We are hoping that one day he will let us film him. Maybe lots of positive comments from you will convince him to show his handsome face!

Sit back and enjoy watching!

The Rainbow Serpent Ballroom
The Rainbow Serpent Ballroom
  • Melanie Hayes

    Awesome video! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ
    Increased Heart Rate!!! πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ’“πŸ˜»πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š
    Thanks Justin!

    • Blackopaldirect

      Thanks Melanie glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  • Casey

    Hi Justin, That was a great find and glad you showed it. If I had mined the Serpent opal, I would be camera shy also. Wouldn’t want to get robbed, or worse over it.

  • Michelle Lester

    That is so amazing! I’m so thankful for you sharing this and that he found it!! I understand being shy & not wanting to be on video. I use to be so shy I passed out many times in grade school & Jr High school. I would hide until the bus ran then go back inside so I didn’t have to go. Mommy ended up taking me πŸ˜” Thankfully I’m not that bad anymore!! But I wouldn’t want to be on video either! But sooooo thankful you do it Justin!!! Your awesome and teach us so much! Thank you!!! 😊

    • Blackopaldirect

      You are so welcome Michelle. Shyness is something I cannot be. otherwise I would not be in business haha