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An opal buying trip to Lightning Ridge!

Opal Buying Trip to Lightning Ridge video by Black Opal Direct

We’re off on an opal buying trip to Lightning Ridge! Watch as we dance, skip, and crawl our way out west. Lightning Ridge is a long way from any of Australia’s beautiful coastlines. Separated by the Great Dividing Range, the climate here is sheltered from the tropical weather of the coastline. This creates an arid landscape dotted with shrubs, wildlife and prickly pear cactus. But just because it’s miles away from the sand and salt of Australia’s famous beaches doesn’t mean it isn’t a stunner of a sight to see. Long and narrow roads shouldered by the red dirt of the outback lead to Australia’s best country town. Let me…

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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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