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Video so you can see how coloration is saturated.

Please look at my rough Indoneisan Reef opals. I need some ideas about value and how to polish.

 

Fossilised Coral Reef with insane Opalisation. 

 

Kilos of material like this available by serious request.

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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 know this isn't opal but thought it belongs here since it's a multicolored stone just like opal. It also comes from Australia. It's called rainbow lattice sunstone.

https://www.rainbowlattice.com/

https://www.rainbowlattice.com/stone

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5 hours ago, Morlock said:

I know this isn't opal but thought it belongs here since it's a multicolored stone just like opal. It also comes from Australia. It's called rainbow lattice sunstone.

https://www.rainbowlattice.com/

https://www.rainbowlattice.com/stone

I’ve wanted to cut some of that for years. Can’t seem to afford the stuff though.

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Lightening Ridge Black Opal, N2 color and 5/5 brightness. It’s got all the colors. Almost as good as it gets.  1.9 carats  from the LaHoud claims

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All I s good Fred, I still enjoy looking at the Aussie nuggets you sent me. They occupy a special spot on my jewelry bench.  Hope all is well in your neck of the woods

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On 3/14/2019 at 3:45 PM, El Dorado said:

Lightening Ridge Black Opal, N2 color and 5/5 brightness. It’s got all the colors. Almost as good as it gets.  1.9 carats  from the LaHoud claims

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That stuff is gorgeous :confused0089[1]:

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I had a question about opals for all of you guys, was curious if the color of the flare has anything to do with how soft or hard the opal will be? In example red would be the softest due to the softness of the wavelength of light vs violet being a very hard wavelength. Just a thought couldn't find anything on it so was just looking to see if anyone had any answers thanks a ton in advance!

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Hi Digingd I don't think the color has anything to do with how hard the opal will be. I think the geologic setting would dictate how hard the opal turns out. Was the opal found in volcanic ash like in virgin valley Nevada or in sedimentary environment such as Victoria Australia. Imho  I hope this helps answer your question.

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Has anyone been collecting at Opal Mountain in California north of Barstow? Just curious if there’s been any more recent fire opal finds...  We were there a couple weeks ago and just got some nice agates and plain white opal,  but nothing with fire.

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16 hours ago, GotAU? said:

Has anyone been collecting at Opal Mountain in California north of Barstow? Just curious if there’s been any more recent fire opal finds...  We were there a couple weeks ago and just got some nice agates and plain white opal,  but nothing with fire.

I visited Opal Mountain and Opal Hill many years ago. Didn't find any fire opal at Opal Mountain but didn't spend much time there. Storm was coming the next day.

Had much better luck at Opal Hill for fire agates but last I heard they were closed.

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Your best chance for fire opal is Virgin Valley, Nevada at the fee dig sites. It's rather expensive and most of the opal isn't stable for cutting but it's a nice experience nonetheless.

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Thanks for your reply. I have found a tiny piece of fire opal in Cadiz Valley before, but it may have been a flake from point napping (probably a Native American “manuport”) as there were no others found in the area.  Wish I knew where their source was, but their trading could have covered over hundreds of miles.

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On 2/9/2020 at 11:53 AM, GotAU? said:

Has anyone been collecting at Opal Mountain in California north of Barstow? Just curious if there’s been any more recent fire opal finds...  We were there a couple weeks ago and just got some nice agates and plain white opal,  but nothing with fire.

Everything I’ve ever read about the place says that the only precious opal found there was found 200 ft below the surface. Any mine entrances have been destroyed by BLM. 

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1 hour ago, d_day said:

Everything I’ve ever read about the place says that the only precious opal found there was found 200 ft below the surface. Any mine entrances have been destroyed by BLM. 

I guess I’m going to have to get a better pick!  It’s still a pretty fun place to collect agate there, we got a few nice ones.  Also went out to the nearby dry lake bed to look for meteorites, but a lot of it was actually filled with water!

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58 minutes ago, d_day said:

How were the roads to opal mountain? I’ve never been and had heard the roads were in really bad shape.

The road heading north from Hinckley to the base of Opal Mountain is doable with 2wd and good clearance, but the road up to the summit of Opal Mountain is steep and narrow and has lose rock, you’ be better off hiking it if you don’t have a short 4wd like a jeep with good tires.  Also, Black Canyon is the best way to get to Scout Cove if you don’t want to rough it going the four-wheel-drive route over the ridge from Opal Mtn. It’s a really cool place, you should check it out either way!

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On 2/26/2014 at 7:51 AM, Haderly said:

Spencer Idaho

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Peruvian Pink Opal

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How strange! My opal from Ethiopia looks practically the same as the upper one in your post 

 

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26 minutes ago, Mila said:

How strange! My opal from Ethiopia looks practically the same as the upper one in your post 

 

Opal porn^[/heavy breathing]

 

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Do you see Chinese writings in this one?

Mandarin or Cantonese?

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Hi Mila, you have some real fine quality opal there, clay is so cleaver he even understands Chinese, but back to what you are asking about i do not see the pattern you ask about, but maybe i am missing it, from what i know it is rare to find the Chinese pattern beautiful opal none the less.  

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10 hours ago, Mila said:

 

Do you see Chinese writings in this one?

Looks like English to me.

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