Did you know that 90% of the worlds Opal is found in Australia? You also might not realise that depending on which Opal mine you are at you will find very different types of Australian Opal.  You can find black Opal in New South Wales, white Opal in Queensland and boulder and matrix Opal in South Australia and Queensland.

Introduction to the Different Types of Australian Opal

Did you know that 90% of the worlds Opal is found in Australia? You also might not realise that depending on which Opal mine you are at you will find very different types of Australian Opal. You can find black Opal in New South Wales, white Opal in Queensland and boulder and matrix Opal in South Australia and Queensland.

Boulder Opal - Australia..if I ever get married again, my wedding ring will be an Australian Opal

Boulder opal solid cut 2 cts as-7073

Boulder Opal - Australia..if I ever get married again, my wedding ring will be an Australian Opal

Rare Large Crystal Opal Mintabie, South Australia, Australia The opal deposits of Mintabie have long been depleted with no new production emerging. The present example was set aside many years ago by the miner who could not bear to part with it earlier. Simply contour polished to reveal its beauty, a vibrant electric green blue pinpoint play-of-color are seen to dance across the surface. Such a notable piece would, no doubt, create a fine pendant.

Rare Large Crystal Opal Mintabie, South Australia, Australia The opal deposits of Mintabie have long been depleted with no new production emerging. The present example was set aside many years ago by the miner who could not bear to part with it earlier. Simply contour polished to reveal its beauty, a vibrant electric green blue pinpoint play-of-color are seen to dance across the surface. Such a notable piece would, no doubt, create a fine pendant.

This beautiful boulder opal split From Queensland, Australia. Opal never ceases to amaze. Geology Wonders

This beautiful boulder opal split From Queensland, Australia. Opal never ceases to amaze. Geology Wonders

Dark Opal (Semi Black) 12 x 10 x 3mm 2.9 carats Auction #598757 Opal Auctions

2.9 cts stunning opal - lightning ridge- [so7157]

Dark Opal (Semi Black) 12 x 10 x 3mm 2.9 carats Auction #598757 Opal Auctions

Classic Black Crystal Opal  Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia   This fine and plump double-cabochon black crystal opal is the ideally suited to be mounted as a ring. A five out of five in terms of vividness and presence of color, the gem abounds in vibrant green, blue, orange and hints of yellow, unpolished to the reverse side.

Classic Black Crystal Opal Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia This fine and plump double-cabochon black crystal opal is the ideally suited to be mounted as a ring. A five out of five in terms of vividness and presence of color, the gem abounds in vibrant green, blue, orange and hints of yellow, unpolished to the reverse side.

Exceptionally Fine and Large Boulder Opal  Queensland, Australia   This is an extraordinary boulder opal both in terms of its size but also due to the vividness and strength of its color. Contour polished to reveal the gem-quality blue and green seam of opalization upon its rich brown ironstone matrix. This is a large, yet wearable opal sure to make a "statement piece" pendant; and a durable one at that, due to the stability provided by the ironstone matrix.

Exceptionally Fine and Large Boulder Opal Queensland, Australia This is an extraordinary boulder opal both in terms of its size but also due to the vividness and strength of its color. Contour polished to reveal the gem-quality blue and green seam of opalization upon its rich brown ironstone matrix. This is a large, yet wearable opal sure to make a "statement piece" pendant; and a durable one at that, due to the stability provided by the ironstone matrix.

Tiara c1925. Silver, opals and Aquamarines. National Gallery, Victoria, Australia

Tiara c1925. Silver, opals and Aquamarines. National Gallery, Victoria, Australia

A pair of art deco black opal and diamond pendent earrings, circa 1925 Each claw mounted drop-shaped black opal, suspended from an articulated surmount composed of collet mounted old brilliant-cut diamonds spaced by two millegrain-set single-cut diamond sections, length 4.4cm., cased by Hardy Bros. Ltd., Australia

A pair of art deco black opal and diamond pendent earrings, circa 1925 Each claw mounted drop-shaped black opal, suspended from an articulated surmount composed of collet mounted old brilliant-cut diamonds spaced by two millegrain-set single-cut diamond sections, length 4.4cm., cased by Hardy Bros. Ltd., Australia

Very Fine Black Opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia.  Vivid and very "present", this fine gem opal displays predominantly red play-of-color with spectral broad flashes of green, orange, yellow and blue, with true black potch to the reverse of the oval cabochon. This is as fine a stone for the serious collector as can be desired.  Weighing approximately 10.39 carats and measuring 16.5 x 13.0 x 6.5mm Estimate: US$ 60,000 - 80,000 (£39,000 - 52,000/€46,000 - 62,000)

Very Fine Black Opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia. Vivid and very "present", this fine gem opal displays predominantly red play-of-color with spectral broad flashes of green, orange, yellow and blue, with true black potch to the reverse of the oval cabochon. This is as fine a stone for the serious collector as can be desired. Weighing approximately 10.39 carats and measuring 16.5 x 13.0 x 6.5mm Estimate: US$ 60,000 - 80,000 (£39,000 - 52,000/€46,000 - 62,000)

Ethically-mined in Australia, colorful raw opals make up these simple earrings from Hawkhouse, each one framed in copper. Born in Lincoln,…

Raw Opal Stud Earrings

Ethically-mined in Australia, colorful raw opals make up these simple earrings from Hawkhouse, each one framed in copper. Born in Lincoln,…

Black opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia. I would love to make a pendant necklace with this.

Hybrid Booster Pack

Black opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia. I would love to make a pendant necklace with this.

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