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Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

Lightning Ridge has many different opal fields or mines in and around it. The opal from each mine and area can differ from black opal to white opal and even grey opal. The opal mines in Lightning Ridge like the 3 Mile Flat have produced some of the most beautiful black  and crystal opal gemstones the world has ever seen. Opal in general around the ridge is of gem quality, when it is found, but finding it is a different story. Many people have tried to find opal and failed over and over again. Only the few select people have made it big, and I mean really made it. By…

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Opal Mining Strike

You can feel the ‘buzz in the air’  in this short video clip… Opal Mining Strike. Justin has just received news from his mining crew at Lightning Ridge that they have struck opal. Justin is on his way in his 4WD to see what his mining crew have found. The mining crew are ‘tailing out’ and are finding opal making it ‘a big strike’!! Justin is overwhelmed..you can actually feel the excitement…which sees Justin jumping around in joy…it’s not everyday this happens… Watch in awe as the agitator spills out rock with seams of opal. Whilst on the sorting table the crew get excited as Justin shows you in the rough…

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Opal Mines

There are many different opal fields in Australia. Most of the opal fields are in New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. All of the opal fields produce white and crystal opal and only 2 opal fields produce black opal.  Lightning Ridge and Mintabie have produced black opal. All the opal found is in seam form in fissures or rock cavities. The only place in the world that produces nobby opal is Lightning Ridge. Al of these opal mining fields are edging onto an ancient inland sea. The edges along the shores are where the opal is found, that is why we have a lot of fossil opal like shells,…

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