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An almost edible looking 4.95 ct Australian black opal selling for $5,800 Aussie currency.

An almost edible looking 4.95 ct Australian black opal selling for $5,800 Aussie currency.

Black Opal

More opals! I think I have an obsession I've never really acknowledged before. red is the rarest colour, blue the most common.

Opalized snail from Coober Pedy, South Australia:

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.

More of the Lightning Ridge Black Opal - Imgur

More of the Lightning Ridge Black Opal

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.

Lightning Ridge Opal

Lightning Ridge light crystal opal " The rose bud" carved by Daniela l'Abbate. The pearlescent quality makes it seem slightly transparent.

Australian opals

Rare Large Crystal Opal Mintabie, South Australia, Australia The opal deposits of Mintabie have long been depleted with no new production emerging. The present example was set aside many years ago by the miner who could not bear to part with it earlier.

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