Black Opals

Black Opal is one of the rarest gems on Earth.

 

Opal Lightning Ridge Semi-black Cabochon Australian Solid Crystal
Opal Lightning Ridge Semi-black Cabochon Australian Solid Crystal 1.45cts

MVI 2603 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]       Item description  Weight: 1.45 carat Dimensions: L 9.7 mm x W 7.2 mm x H 3.0 mm … Continued

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Opal Lightning Ridge Crystal Australian Rough Polished Specimen
Opal Lightning Ridge Crystal Australian Rough Polished Specimen 9.05cts

MVI 2613 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]   Item description Gemstone Type: Specimen Polished Weight:  9.05 carats Dimensions: L 23.3 mm x W 16.9 mm … Continued

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Australian Lightning Ridge Solid Opal Pendant Silver
Australian Lightning Ridge Solid Opal Pendant Silver L22mm1.27gr

MVI 2618 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]     Item specifics Treatment: Rodium Plated to Resist Tarnish Metal:Sterling Silver 925 Colour: Green Main Stone:Opal from Lightning … Continued

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Opal Lightning Ridge Black Australian Rough Polished Specimen
Opal Lightning Ridge Black Australian Rough Polished Specimen 15.5cts

MVI 2607 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]   Item description Gemstone Type: Specimen Polished Weight:  15.5 carats Dimensions: L 30.7 mm x W 16.3 mm … Continued

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Opal Lightning Ridge Semi Black Australian Rough Polished Specimen 15.7cts
Opal Lightning Ridge Semi Black Australian Rough Polished Specimen 15.7cts

MVI 2612 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo] Item description Gemstone Type: Specimen Polished Weight:  15.7 carats Dimensions: L 23.5 mm x W 17.4 mm x … Continued

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Australian Solid Opals Rough Lightning Ridge Rubs 8pcs 15.50cts
Australian Solid Opals Rough Lightning Ridge Rubs 8pcs 15.50cts

MVI 2558 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]               Item description Gemstone Type:  Rough Opal  -Rubs  Black, Crystal, Semiblack  -Light … Continued

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Australian Solid Opal Rough Lightning Ridge Polished Specimen 5.90ct
Australian Solid Opal Rough Lightning Ridge Polished Specimen 5.90ct

MVI 2549 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]           Item description Gemstone Type: Specimen Polished Body tone;-N6 Colour:  green/blue/purple Gemstone: Natural Solid … Continued

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Australian Solid Opal Rough Lightning Ridge Polished Specimen 19.55ct
Australian Solid Opal Rough Lightning Ridge Polished Specimen 19.55ct

MVI 2551 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]           Item description Gemstone Type: Specimen Polished Body tone;-N6-7 Colour:  blue Gemstone: Natural Solid … 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.