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Videos from Opal Quest! Mining, Information, The journey, Fun!!

Follow along on our opal gemstone hunting adventures as we chase down the allusive Australian opal. Driving all over the Aussie outback we travel to remote places like Lightning ridge, NSW in search of Black opal, Coober Pedy, SA,  where we mine for white opal, crystal opal, fire opal and opalised shells and fossils. Videos are constantly being uploaded on our Facebook and Instagram pages where you can ask us questions and comment.

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Treating Andamooka Matrix - with sugar, no acid

In this Blog we talk about treating matrix opal without using harsh acids! This process can be used on certain types of matrix gem opal stones to darken up the existing host rock (sandstone) therefore making the opal disbursed throughout the stone really stand out. This treatment has been around for donkeys years as the old time miners would just throw the raw matrix into their campfire at night after soaking it in either sugar syrup or in some cases used sump oil ( I don't recommend this) Lol.

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