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Win This Semi Black Opal: Comment and Win

And the winner is….. Janie! “Black opal is magical to look at and sentimentally Australian. My favourite present as an 8 year old was opal earrings.” There were many other lovely comments too and we thank all of you for entering. Win this beautiful 1.08ct semi black opal valued at $400 Entering is easy, simply tell us why you love opal in 25 words or less in the comments section below and your name will go into the draw. See the opal here http://blackopaldirect.com/product/semi-black-opal/1-08-ct-semi-black-opal-9x7x2-5mm/ Each time you share this on Facebook or Google, tweet it on Twitter or pin it on Pinterest, you will get another entry into the draw (remember to…

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Opal Mining

Opal mines are amazing and dangerous places. Most people imagine mines to be like a coal mine a diamond mine or a gold mine but actually an opal mine is quite small. Here in Lightning Ridge an average opal mine is a 50-meter by 50-meter block of land. Compared to a coal mine that may be kilometers across. Opal mines are run by small operators in groups of 1 to 4 people. Small machinery is used mostly all run by hydraulics or air compression. The first step to starting an opal mine is the ground; you need to find an area that has good opal trace. The only way to…

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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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