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Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is a very small opal-mining town about 70 kilometres south of the Queensland border in New South Wales and 700 kilometres north west of Sydney. The town is situated on the edge of an old ancient inland sea. The population of Lightning Ridge has fluctuated over the past 20 years from different opal rushes found at different times. The Largest of all the rushes was the Coocoran Field. The Cococoran had supplied the world with black nobby opal in large quantities in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The 80s bubble economy in Japan was the largest export of black opal Australia had ever seen before. With opal…

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White Opals

White opal is a more common opal and was heavily marketed in the early days of opal trading, That’s why when you think of opal, you think of a white opal. White opal has a very light body tone to it giving the opal a white look and appearance. White opal can come in all different colors from blue, green, orange, red etc…  The most expensive color is red but that doesn’t mean that it is worth more than a blue. It depends on its brightness. White opal is a lower quality opal to black opal and crystal opal, and even some grey opal. Most white opal is found in…

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