Category: Opal Mining

Humor – at Lightning Ridge Opal Fields

Humor – at Lightning Ridge Opal Fields Humor- at Lightning Ridge Opal Fields. It gets pretty hot and sticky at Lightning Ridge. That’s why a lot of folks head for the coast around November each year and don’t go back until about March or April when things cool down a bit. Mind you we are […]

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Black Opal Underground Interview

Black opal underground interview Black Opal Underground Interview…Its a long way to Australia and to Lightning Ridge for the 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 […]

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Opal Fields of Australia

Opal Fields of Australia The opal fields of Australia are one of the last remaining frontiers in the world, a place where you can be completely alone, apart from Kangaroos, emus and the occasional lizard or snake. The yellow-orange colors of the Australian Outback roads, particularly in Western Queensland, are typical of places where opal is found in the […]

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Yowah Nut Opal

Yowah nut opal Yowah nut opal is really small boulder opals that look roughly like a nut from a tree. They can be as small as an apricot seed or as large as a Mango seed. When the nut opens up they often have layers of brown, roundish patterns much like a lemon peel that eventually, […]

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Opal And Australia

Opal And Australia Opal And Australia have come a long way in the last two hundred years. Some of it good. A lot not so good. Starting with it being Britain’s way of getting rid of excess criminals, most of whom were just poor starving folks who stole a piece of bread and ended up in […]

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Gems from The Land Down Under

Gems from Land Down Under Australia has many Gems but Opal is King of gems from the land down under The following article doesn’t tell it all but gives a good summary What is it about Australian opal that makes it any different from any other opal found in the world? Yes, its true, even […]

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Australian Opal

Australian Opal is different Australian Opal is different: What is it about Australian opal that makes it any different from any other opal found in the world? Yes, its true, even though the name Australia seems to be synonymous with opal, there are lots of places in the world that have opal in its various […]

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Opal Mines of Australia

Opal Mines of Australia Opal mines of Australia were discovered back in the mid-nineteenth century. Often they were discovered by chance while various outback men were going about duties far removed from the idea of looking for precious gems, in this case, opal. Since this article was written, Mike cleaned out this hole but in […]

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Koroit Opal Mine

Koroit Opal Mine Koroit Opal Mine Another amazing opal spot in the Yowah region I visited Koroit opal mine back in 1968. It was on a property called Boobora station. What attracted me most of all as we rattled along the old corrugated road between Cunnamulla and Charleville, western Queensland was the beautiful streams of […]

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Coober Pedy Opal Fields

Coober Pedy Opal Fields Coober Pedy Opal fields, Australia’s Opal Capital Details about when Coober Pedy opal fields were discovered and the meaning of the name is found in another post on this site entitled, ‘Opal Mines of Australia,’ so this article will focus more on the Coober Pedy Opal fields themselves, and the status […]

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