Opalized snail shell from Coober Pedy, South Australia; one of the leading opal mines in the world. Also, read more on Coober Pedy. One of the hottest places in the world, yet residents live in honeycomb caves that stay nice and cool all day.
Black Opal is Australia’s national gemstone. Found in the Lightning Ridge area in northwestern New South Wales, black opals are natural, solid stones that absorb scattered white light, giving it brilliant spectral colors.
Did you know that 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 Queen
Exceptional and very rare Oregon opal with visual effect of being underwater when held to light.obtained at Opal Butte Mine. Oregon, USA ---- It looks like there is a dust-storm contained in this small gemstone
An Art Nouveau gold, plique-à-jour enamel and opal ring, circa The ring centring a navette shaped opal, flanked by two grashoppers decorated with plique-à-jour enamel, the shoulders chiselled with ears of corn motif.