Finding opal in Australia

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You can go to the opal fields and find opal in the tailings that have been missed by miners. From Australian Geographic: OPAL – STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL and quintessentially Australian – is our national gem. Unique among its peers, precious opal … Continued

Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge

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Opal Fossils of Lightning Ridge Excerpt of an article from the Australian Opal Centre PRECIOUS RELICS FROM THE AGE OF DINOSAURS At the heart of the Australian Opal Centre is a magnificent collection of 100-million-year-old fossils, from the Early Cretaceous … Continued

New Deposit of Black Opal from Ethiopia

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published by www.gia.edu/ New Deposit of Black Opal from Ethiopia Lore Kiefert, Pierre Hardy, Tewodros Sintayehu, Begosew Abate, and Girma Woldetinsae   Opal was first discovered in Ethiopia in the early 1990s. Specimens from Mezezo in the historical Shewa province … Continued

Ethiopian Opal The New Opal Heavyweight

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Author: Hobart M. King, Ph.D., GIA Graduate Gemologist The New Opal Heavyweight Australia has been the dominant force in the opal market for over 100 years. During that time as much as 95% of the worldwide opal production has been mined in Australia. Today, Ethiopia is … Continued