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There is nothing more exciting than walking into a store with lots of bright colorful trinkets in many varieties. This experience can be had online right here at opalmine. for many years the opalmine store was located under an old shop on the southern gold coast of Australia.  The store was designed after similar underground opal displays at Lightning Ridge and Coober Pedy, outback opal fields of Australia.  The store was most unusual being just like a cave with chunks of rough boulder and other types of opal sticking out of the walls and posh showcases filled with all sorts of interesting opals unset, pendants, rings, bracelets, earrings and opal for men’s jewelry as well.

Opal Jewelry store works of art

Old artifacts from the opal mines were also on display along with original works of art taken from the outback of New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.  A lot of these old pictures are shown online at this site. To see opal properly it must either have incandescent or natural sunlight and in the days when this shop was in operation we didn’t have modern 12 v systems so it old miners hut wallgot pretty hot at times with about 5 hot spotlights blasting down on the showcases but with all that light it was an impressive sight.

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Take a look at these magnificent pictures of the Australian outback where the opal fields are located.

Opal Jewelry, Black Opals, Boulder Opals Direct from the mines

Peter (30 years ago), author of the book ‘Opal, An Australian Adventure,’ and the movie ‘About Opal’

Opal Jewelry, Black Opals, Boulder Opals Direct from the mines

Opal is our specialty, in all its amazing colors, shapes and Patterns. Browse stunning pictures of Opal Jewelry in all its varieties of Rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, and beads. Black Opal, Boulder Opal, Crystal and White opal in eye catching settings. Opalmine, a much trusted ‘Grandfather’ site, has been doing business on the net for nearly 20 years. Here you get internationally guarantees that do not disappear after a few months, but go on indefinitely. Our personalized service for over 40 years experience is legendary.

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Opal is the only gemstone on earth capable of capturing the entire range of the color spectrum in one precious dynamic jewel. It is often referred to as ‘The rainbow stone’ Please take a look here to see a pictorial guide to the different types of opal.

Black Opals have a dark or black background, causing the color to jump out and tantalize your eye as if alive. Boulder Opal, another variety of Black Opal, not only has this same unique quality but is combined with patterns and pictures like nothing you have ever seen. Each of these magnificent pieces is new and different and you will find that it will become a part of your personality as you wear it. If you are buying an opal for someone else, just think about their color preferences and jewelry likes, and you will find something to fit their needs and your pocket. At opalmine Opal Jewelry, Black Opals, Boulder Opals Direct from the mines are fashioned into all sorts of designer jewelry. 

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Appearance and Characteristics of Opal:

The opal is said to be over 60 million years old but this is questionable. More recent analysis seems to indicate that opal can develop in a relatively short period of time but whatever is the case, Australian opals are sought after because of their reputation of being secure with dynamic flashes of color set against a dark background. Hence the term ‘black’ or ‘dark’ opal. Until black opal was discovered in Australia, the world had only seen white or light colored opal.

Opalescence

One of the unique characteristics of the stone is its opalescence. It has a rainbow-like iridescence that changes according to the angle of observation. The stone possesses the ability to reflect and refract particular wavelengths of light. This play of color really makes opal jewelry come alive! There are some beautiful gemstones in the world but this stone has the unique characteristic of being able to change colors as it is moved. You could say (as did the ancient historian Pliny) that opal is a combination of many gemstones. “The red of the ruby, the green of the emerald, the blue of the sapphire, the purple of the amethyst, all glittering together in union indescribable” – Pliny