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My biggest challenge ever! A massive chunk of Andamooka opal

Andamooka opal

What do you get when you cross a huge piece of Andamooka opal and a lot of very hard quartz? My biggest challenge ever! (literally!) In this weeks video, we’ll work on exposing the gem inside this massive chunk of Andamooka opal. This piece weighs 2.2 kilograms (almost 5 pounds) and it made up of opal encrusted in quartz, or quartzite or silcrete. I can see that there is a lot of color in this chunk but it’s unclear where that color meets. I always spend time assessing the opal before taking it to the wheel and this chunk is no exception. In fact, this piece will probably take me…

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Hidden spots to find opal in Lightning Ridge

Mining in Lightning Ridge

Nine hours west of New South Wales’ coastline is a town that consists of a few restaurants, a couple of pubs, and one surprisingly decked-out grocery store; Lightning Ridge. Home to more than just a well-stocked IGA supermarket, Lightning Ridge is renowned by collectors, miners, and admirers for the beautiful black opal that can be found under its sun-baked plains. Lightning Ridge is known for producing some of the finest opals on earth so it’s no wonder it has become a popular spot for miners and opal-fanatics to settle down in the, sometimes lengthy, search for its rich, black beauty. So, is it possible for anyone to find opal in…

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Opal Stories

Justin and Melinda sit down to chat about the opal stories of some of our stock. You asked and we listened! In our last video on Justin’s Personal Opal Collection you asked us to go through the opals on our site and tell more stories of their origin. Nine different opals, four different fields. Their opal stories brought to you by Justin, Melinda, and two cups of coffee. Wyoming opal field, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales Justin and Melinda lead with six opal stories from a field called Wyoming in Lightning Ridge. As you drive in to Wyoming opal field you are greeted by a horse and cart from the…

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