Black Opal is one of the rarest gems on Earth.
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Black Opals Lightning Ridge SOLID ROUGH PARCEL 5pcs 41.20cts vid
MVI 2010 – YouTube Video will open in a new window [isdntekvideo] Gemstone Type: Rough Opal Nobby Colour: Blue/Purple/Green/multi-colour Gemstone: Natural Solid Weight: 41.20 carats Dimensions: L 11.9-20.0 mm W 8.5-14.5 mm H 6.6-10.6 mm 5 PCS Origin: Lightning Ridge … Continued
Australian Lightning Ridge Solid Semi Black Opal Cabochon Cut stone 0.99cts
MVI 2000 – YouTube Video will open in a new window [isdntekvideo] Weight: 0.99 carats Dimensions: L 7.3 mm x W 6.2 mm x H 2.9 mm Colour;red/blue/green/multi-colour BODY TONE Opal N 6 Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia … Continued
Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone Cabochon 12.55 cts
Weight: 12.55 carats Dimensions: L 20 mm x W 15.2 mm x H 4.9 mm Colour; green/blue Origin: Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: Free Form Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian Boulder Opal Uses: Mineral … Continued
Boulder Opal Solid Cut Stone Cabochon 12.95 cts
Weight: 12.95 carats Dimensions: L 20.1 mm x W 14.7 mm x H 5 mm Colour; green Origin: Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: Free Form Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian Boulder Opal Uses: Mineral … Continued
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
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.
The dirt is extracted by a “blower” which in reality is more akin to a giant vacuum cleaner.
Truck and blower shown here;
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.
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.
Then it is off to the cutting and polishing room.