Black opal underground interview.

Black-opal-0001-2- beautiful orange green blue black opal from lightning ridge

Black opal from lightning ridge

1023-opal-unset-boulder-opal-18x10- stunning red on black boulder opal freeform

Stunning red boulder opal freeform

1010-opal-unset-boulder-25x18-free form boulder opal with multiple colors

free form boulder opal with multiple colors

boulder opal ring set in 18k gold with diamonds

boulder opal ring with diamondThe internet takes us to places we would never have found in one lifetime. This  interview with “black opal” miner Butch McFadden takes us underground at Lightning Ridge, Western NSW, Australia.  Lightning Ridge is the home of the famous “black opal” gemstone and its a place not frequented by many international visitors, even though the tourist trade for “black opals” has been brisk in recent times, particularly by Australian tourists who are taking to outback roads in droves. The sale of off road vehicles and camper vans has never been greater.

But its a long way to Australia and to Lightning Ridge for overseas tourist. Hence we have put this interview together, not only to find out a bit more about “black opals” but to see just how they are found and see some examples of how amazing “black opals” really are.  Not many opal miners would invite you to see what they are doing but Butch is a really nice guy and was happy to tell us what he is doing and explain a bit about the process.

In this movie you will see examples of the Lightning Ridge “black opals” as well as another form of “black opal” from further north into Queensland. These opals are called “boulder opals” and are another form of “black opal”.  The name itself seems to imply that the opal is black but in actual fact its only black in the background. The foreground contains colors that can be every variation to the rainbow as you will see in this short video.  we hope you enjoy it.

 

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