Black Opals

Black Opal is one of the rarest gems on Earth.

 

Australian Lightning Ridge Opal Rough
Australian Lightning Ridge Opal Rough 155 cts 3 pcs

MVI 3039 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo] Item description Gemstone Type: Rough Weight: 155 carats Dimensions: L 18.3-39.0 mm x W 14.1-37.2 mm x H … Continued

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Opal Semi Black Lightning Ridge Cabochon, Australian Solid Cut Stone 1.53cts
Opal Semi Black Lightning Ridge Cabochon, Australian Solid Cut Stone 1.53cts

MVI 2983 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]   Item description  Weight: 1.53 carat Dimensions: L 10.8 mm x W 6.7 mm x H 3.2 mm … Continued

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Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon, Australian Solid Cut Stone 2.64cts
Opal Lightning Ridge Cabochon, Australian Solid Cut Stone 2.64cts

    Item description  Weight: 2.64 carat Dimensions: L 10.8 mm x W 8.5 mm x H 4.5 mm Colour; red/multicoloured Dome; low DOME Body Tone ;  N5 Origin:  Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: cabochon Uses: Pendant … Continued

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Australian Lightning Ridge Black Opal Gem Rough  74cts
Australian Lightning Ridge Black Opal Gem Rough 74cts

MVI 2972 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]     Item description Gemstone Type: Rough Weight: 74 carats Dimensions: L 38.0 mm x W 21.3 mm … Continued

$4,972.50 Add to basket
Black Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Carving Stone
Black Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Carving Stone, 14.80ct

MVI 2931 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]     Item description  Weight: 14.80 carat Dimensions: L 26.5 mm x W 19.8 mm x H 5.2 … Continued

$4,360.50 Add to basket
Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Loose Stone, Cabochon
Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Loose Stone, Cabochon 2.50ct

MVI 2910 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]       Item description  Weight: 2.50 carat Dimensions: L 12.8 mm x W 8.6 mm x H … Continued

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Australian Lightning Ridge Opal Gem Rough
Australian Lightning Ridge Opal Gem Rough 84cts

MVI 2912 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo] Item description Gemstone Type: Rough Weight: 84 carats Dimensions: L 48.3 mm x W 26 mm x H … Continued

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Black Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Loose Stone, Cabochon
Black Opal Lightning Ridge Australian Solid Loose Stone, Cabochon 4.29ct

MVI 2911 – YouTube Video will open in a new window Using the eBay App? Paste link into a browser window: [isdntekvideo]   Item description  Weight: 4.29 carat Dimensions: L 16.6 mm x W 11.9 mm x H 3.1 mm … Continued

$963.90 Add to basket

 

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.