Black Opals

Black Opal is one of the rarest gems on Earth.

 

Australian Lightning Ridge Solid Opal Pendant Silver
Australian Lightning Ridge Solid Opal Pendant Silver L21.5mm1.62gr

        Item specifics Treatment:Rodium Plated to Resist Tarnish Metal:Sterling Silver 925 Colour: Green/Purple Main Stone:Opal from Lightning Ridge  Material:Sterling Silver 925 Gem Stone:Solid Natural Australian Opal Total Weight: 1.62 grams BODY TONE  N7-N8 Total Dimensions  Pendant:L 21.5 mm x … Continued

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Solid Stone Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon
Solid Stone Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon Opal 0.75cts

        Item description  Weight: 0.75 carat Dimensions: L 6.9 mm x W 5.9 mm x H 3.2 mm Colour; Red/Green Body Tone  N8 Origin:  Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: cabochon Uses: Pendant for Ring … Continued

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Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone
Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone 6.15cts

      Item description Weight: 6.15 carats Dimensions: L 21.1 mm x W 9.1 mm x H 4.1 mm Colour;  Green/Blue Origin:  Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: Free Form Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian … Continued

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Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone
Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone 7.0cts

      Item description Weight: 7.0 carats Dimensions: L 14.5 mm x W 11.8 mm x H 4.1 mm Colour;  Green Origin:  Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: Free Form Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian … Continued

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Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone
Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone 4.43cts

MVI 2524 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]           Item description Weight: 4.43 carats Dimensions: L 16.2 mm x W 9.4 mm x … Continued

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Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone
Australian Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone 2.57cts

MVI 2523 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]         Colour;  Green/Dark Blue Origin:  Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: Free Form Uses: Pendant … Continued

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Solid Stone Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon
Solid Stone Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon Opal 0.69cts

        Item description  Weight: 0.69 carat Dimensions: L 8.0 mm x W 6.0 mm x H 2.3 mm Colour; Green/Blue Body Tone ;N7 N8 Origin:  Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: cabochon Uses: Pendant for … Continued

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Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Semi Black Opal Drilled Greek Leather Mounted Pendant Necklace
Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Semi Black Drilled Greek Leather Specimen Pendant Necklace 25.8cts

    Item specifics Condition: New without tags Type: Front Drilled Opal Pendant Stone Colour:   Purple or electric blue Weight  25.8 cts Material: 2 mm Round  Greek Leather Stone Origin:  Lightning Ridge Treatment: None Special Feature: Adjustable length 32cm … Continued

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Black Opal from Lightning Ridge Australia

 

 

We, at Absolute Opals & Gems Pty Ltd, (Australia) are second generation Gem-Stone Miners, Cutters and Black Opal Lightning Ridge Wholesalers, proudly specialising in, Australian Black Opals directly from the mines to us, (including boulder opal, opal cabochons and opals rough). You will find us located in the heart of the busy mining town of Lightning Ridge New South Wales, approx. 750 km or 468 miles, north-west of Sydney, Australia.

Lightning Ridge, or ‘the Ridge’, as it is fondly referred to by locals, is renowned for the largest production of quality Black Opal in the World! The illusory mystique of ‘The Ridge’ has lured many a hopeful miner over the past 100 years coming to try their luck at finding the “big one”. While some miners have fortuitously struck it rich, others continue the search,resolute in their quest for that elusive prize: top quality “red on black”.

Our display of a full and complete range of Lightning Ridge Black Opal in all its magnificent forms, a strong buying presence on the Opal Fields, an experienced and knowledgeable team, and a genuine love of the entire range of opals and associate industry, makes Absolute Opals & Gems well worth a visit, especially if you too appreciate the wonders of Australia’s National Gem Stone… Opal.

 

IF YOU DO VISIT THE RIDGE BE SURE TO VIEW OUR DISPLAY ROOM AT 66 MORILLA ST, LIGHTNING RIDGE, NSW 2834, AUSTRALIA, WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU.

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Here are some images of our mining activity:

Prospecting drill shown here

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We prospect for opal with a 9 inch auger drill. When promising material is discovered we drill a 3 foot diameter shaft down to a depth that bottoms on the opal bearing level.

When, what appears to be payable material is found, we lower a mechanical digger down the shaft.

Underground digger shown here.

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The dirt is extracted by a “blower” which in reality is more akin to a giant vacuum cleaner.

Truck and blower shown here;

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When the truck is full, it is taken to the “agitator”- a modified cement mixer- where the extracted dirt is washed for the duration of the mining week. Up to 10 truckloads of dirt go into each batch of wash, which wears down and accumulates into a concentrate by the end of the week.

Agies shown here.

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Then, we just manually sort through the washed clean concentrate called “tailings”, to pick out the gems, often none, but once every few years hard work is rewarded by discovering a pocket of truly beautiful gems!

 Rough opal shown here.

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Then it is off to the cutting and polishing room.