LIGHTNING RIDGE AUSTRALIAN SOLID BLACK OPAL CABOCHON STONE CUT 0.70 cts +Vid
Weight: 0.70 carats Dimensions: L 7.8 mm x W 6.8 mm x H 2.2 mm Colour; Blue Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal Uses: Mineral Collection/jewellery/ring /pendant … Continued
AUSTRALIAN LIGHTNING RIDGE SOLID RED BLACK OPAL 3,75 cts +Vid
Weight: 3.75 carat Dimensions: L 17 mm x W9. 8 mm x H 3.5 mm Colour; red/multicolour Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: FF Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal Uses: Mineral … Continued
AUSTRALIAN LIGHTNING RIDGE NATURAL CRYSTAL SOLID OPAL CABOCHON 0.73 cts VID
Weight: 0.73 carats Dimensions: L 8.1 mm x W 6.1 mm x H 2.2 mm Colour; Light Green / light blue Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal … Continued
AUSTRALIAN LIGHTNING RIDGE SOLID BLACK OPAL CABOCHON 0.60 cts +Vid
Weight: 0.60 carat Dimensions: L 7 mm x W 5.2 mm x H 2.4 mm Colour; green /blue Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: cabochon Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal Uses: … Continued
AUSTRALIAN LIGHTNING RIDGE SOLID RED BLACK OPAL 1.70 cts +Vid
Weight: 1.70 carat Dimensions: L 14.1 mm x W 8 mm x H 2.6 mm Colour; red/multicolour Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Cut: FF Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal Uses: Mineral … Continued
AUSTRALIAN LIGHTNING RIDGE NATURAL SOLID OPAL CABOCHON STONE CUT 0.71 +Vid
Weight: 0.71 carats Dimensions: L 8 mm x W 6 mm x H 2.1 mm Colour; multi-colour Origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia Gemstone Type: Natural (Finished) Uses: Pendant for Ring Gold or Silver Mounting Gemstone: Australian BLACK Opal Uses: Mineral Collection/jewellery/ring /pendant … Continued
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Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia.
In Walgett Shire, near the southern border of Queensland, 5 km off the Castlereagh Highway.
Opal Mining is the main activity of the town
Lightning Ridge is a flourishing tourist town with numerous accommodation options.
Temperatures in summer can exceed 45 Celsius
Below ground the temperature is 22 degrees, year round.
Lightning Ridge is a world-renowned centre of the mining of black opals.
Lightning Ridge has the largest known deposits of black opals in the world.
Absolute Opals is a second generation mining enterprise.
Here are some pictures of our mining activity:
We prospect for opal with a 9 ” auger drill. When good material is discovered we drill a shaft down to reach the opal level.
When payable material is found, we put a mechanical digger down the hole.
The dirt is removed by a “blower” kind of like a giant vacuum cleaner.
When the truck is full, it goes to the Agitator, a modified cement mixer where it is washed during the week. Up to 10 truckloads of dirt go into each batch of wash,which accumulates and wears down to concentrate by the end of the week.
Then, we just pick out the gems, often none, but once every few years you drop onto a pocket.
Then it is off to the cutting room
Many people come to Lightning Ridge for weeks at a time on holiday to fossick through the dumped material where valuable opals are sometimes missed by the miners.
Fossicking for overlooked opal on abandoned mining claims is a popular activity. If you are lucky, and work hard at it, there is every chance you will find valuable opal.
Lightning Ridge is an important paleontological site, with fossils dating back to the Cretaceous period, 110 million years ago. The sandstone rock once formed the bottom of a shallow inland sea where the remains of aquatic plants and animals were preserved. The site is especially important as a source of fossils of ancient mammals which, at that time, were small creatures living in a world dominated by dinosaurs. The fossils are sometimes opalised and discovered by opal miners. Important discoveries at Lightning Ridge include the ancestral monotremes Kollikodon ritchiei and Steropodon galmani.
Plentiful crops of wheat are grown in the dry lakes surrounding the opal bearing ridges.
After a long day, you can relax in the artesian thermal pool- it is free!
We hope we can welcome you to our unique town one day! We can meet you at the Tucson Gem show, 222 south Freeway, Day’s Inn Gem Pavilion Absolute Opals Booth #3 and 4 every year as well.
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Digital Photography and opal
“stone looks bigger in the photo than in real life” This is because a 10mm stone will show in the eBay item listing photo as a 100mm stone on an average size laptop screen. Please check in the “item specifics” section for the actual dimensions of all listed items.
It is difficult to achieve total accuracy in representing opal with digital photography for the following reasons;
The human eye sees things slightly differently to the digital camera because of the different mechanisms of how they register light.
Each person’s eyes see a little differently to the next persons eyes.
Many computer screens are manufactured and calibrated a little differently to each other. Example; a LED screen will have alot more contrast than a Laptop Screen.
The opal colours and patterns seen are a result of a complex combination of refraction, diffraction, diffusion and reflection of light from the opal structure. When an opal is viewed with different light sources and different light intensities the effect of the stone can change a little from one light source to the other.
The total combination of these facts means there will be some degree of inaccuracy when representing opal with digital photography.
To compensate for these factors I like to list items with still photos and a movie with all care and techniques taken to represent the stone as accurately as possible.
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Welcome, We at Absolute Opals & Gems Australia are second generation, Gem Stone Miners / Cutters / Wholesalers, proudly specializing in Australian Black Opal, directly from the mines. You will find us located in the heart of the busy mining town of Lightning Ridge New South Wales , approx. 700 kms or 320 miles, north west of Sydney , Australia. Lightning Ridge, or ‘the Ridge’, as it is fondly known by locals, is world famous for the largest production of Black Opal in the World! ‘The Ridge’ has played host to many a miner over the past 100 years coming to try their luck. Some have struck it rich, while others continue to try. With a full and complete range of Lightning Ridge Black Opal in all its magnificent forms, a strong buying presence on the Opal Fields, an experienced and knowledgeable team, and a Genuine Love of all things Opal, Absolute Opals & Gems is well worth a visit, if you too appreciate the wonders of Australia’s National Gem Stone… Opal. IF YOU DO VISIT THE RIDGE BE SURE TO VIEW OUR DISPLAY ROOM AT 66 MORILLA ST.