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Cutting opal mined in Lightning Ridge

Cutting Lightning Ridge Opal Nobby

Ever wanted to know what really goes into mining, finding, and cutting opal? In last week’s episode, we went underground in Lightning Ridge on the hunt for color. This week, watch as we take the opal nobby we found to the cutting wheel. Will it be a top gem? Justin always starts cutting opal the same way; by not cutting it at all. In fact, he says the best way to cut an opal is to take your time analysing the stone before going near the cutting wheel. There are some questions you should ask yourself when considering the best outcome for any gem; is it clean? Are there any…

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Going Underground (Opal Mining in Lightning Ridge)

At first glance, Lightning Ridge is a charming small town situated on a vast and flat expanse of red dirt and native trees. What you won’t get at first glance is the hidden world that Lightning Ridge is renowned for; the birthplace of the beautiful black opal. What excitement lies beneath Lightning Ridge’s friendly smiles and quaint homes? For that, we’re going underground. The unique lifestyle of Lightning Ridge isn’t for the fainthearted; locals live and breathe the elusive search for opal color. In this video, come along as we explore a mining claim and learn all about mining opal. Let’s go mining in Lightning Ridge! Justin introduces us to…

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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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