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It is a great place to look for world class opals, but their $190 per day charge is a bit hard to swallow.......

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Yowah nut, containing a fabulous opal. Bit hard to find these now. Australia

Unusual pattern Opal FROM Virgin Valley District/Humboldt County, Nevada.credit: Joe Budd

Here's some Ethiopian fire opal on a friday.  

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I have done both with no real luck, but will do it again one of these days.

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Absolutely mindboggling beauty :confused0089[1]: that beautiful hunk a blazing glory would make any prospectors life a success...THANX MUCH for the post. I'm a opal addict and have revisited this post,and the limbs post also,many times to cheer myself up as much needed lately. And that stunning specimen made my whole week :woot: John

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This is a limbcast piece I got at the Royal Peacock 7-8 years ago. I polished the surface hoping for a possible jewelry piece.....it sits as decoration on my jewelers bench. Sorry about the pic quality

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Some inside, I was hoping for more

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More Opal Porn, I acquired the Lightening Ridge Black opal while at the Tucson Gem Show. I bought it from the Lahoud family, Well known and long time miners in the area. I did get to spend a long time with them and learned a bunch. Soon to be in some jewelry

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one more, this is a boulder opal from Lightening Ridge

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Nice one Steve!

Is that natural or a triplet?

100% natural

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This is another Ethiopian Opal specie I picke up at the Tucson show. It appeard to have been a round nut or seed that opalized. The colors in this are amazing and super bright.

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Looks like a opalized eyeball looking back at ya from a few million years ago :D Righteous color for sure. thanx much for sharing that beautiful oddity-John

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I polished the surface of this nodule and made a very short movie ofitsm amazing bright colors

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That's amazing Steve. I had no idea that's what an opal looked like in the rough before it was cut.

Since there are opals here I wonder now how many I've stepped on and didn't know it.

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some much better pictures of the ultra bright play of color. This opal has color patterns I have never seen before

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the curved lines are cracks, they were there when I purchased this as a specimen. I never planned on turning this into a gemstone. The lines that are forming a "V" are the strange patterns I have never seen nor heard of anyone mentioning.......Maybe some one that is in the know will chime in

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I'm not sure what V you're referring to. I see something in the center that looks like an X. This too appears to be a feature caused by fractures, at least to my eyes.

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