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The world’s rarest opal: Part 1

Eternal flame world's rarest opal

Its birthplace Indigenous songlines run through Wollumbin, (the “Cloud Catcher”) which are the remains of an ancient volcano. This towering peak, also called Mt Warning, has created a unique geology. Layers of volcanic ash were laid down in the miocene and subsequently weathered to create one of the richest and lushest regions of Australia with a magical and indefinable quality.  Byron Bay sits on its coast and as the most eastern point, the sun touches Australia here first. This supercharged land is important geologically as well as the home to the rarest piece of opal in the world.   The volcanic opal from Tintenbar The volcanic region of eastern Australia…

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Taking risks with opal: will the gamble pay off?

taking risks with opal

It’s pretty risky in our state at the moment with ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie battering us with heavy rain (12 inches in the last 24 hours – same expected tonight), subsequent flooding and tonight very high winds are expected. Spare a thought for those up north who really took a battering in the cyclone (hurricane) and if you want to have the full experience check out our mate Andy’s video here. So it seemed like the perfect day to make a video about taking risks with opal! Justin shows you a rough piece which he hopes will cut two very different opals. The challenge is that one color bar is…

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