Black Opals

Black Opal is one of the rarest gems on Earth.

 

Australian Semi Black Opal Solid Lightning Ridge Cabochon Loose Stone
1.64 cts Australian Semi Black Opal Solid Lightning Ridge Cabochon Loose Stone

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Australian Opal Rough Lightning Ridge
Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Rough 30.80 cts

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Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Rough
Australian Opal Lightning Ridge Rough 23.15 cts

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Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Rough RUBS
Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Rough RUBS 11.7 cts

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Opal Cabochon ,Australian Solid Cut Loose Stone 0.96 cts South Australia 0.96 cts
Opal Cabochon ,Australian Solid Cut Loose Stone 0.96 cts South Australia 0.96 cts

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3.81cts Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge loose Cut stone Cabochon
3.81cts Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge loose Cut stone Cabochon

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Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Rough RUBS
Australian Black Opal Lightning Ridge Rough RUBS 12.83cts

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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.