Opal Info — Types of opal

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

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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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Crystal Opal from Australian fields

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Crystal Opal from Australian fields

The term "crystal opal" refers to any kind of opal (black opal, semi-black opal, white opal) which has a transparent, translucent, or semi-translucent body. This is also referred to as the "diaphaneity" of a stone. If light is able to pass through the gemstone then you are probably looking at a crystal opal. Crystal opals can display any colour of the spectrum in a beautiful play of colour, fire and patterns.  Some of my favourite opals to work with are crystal opals from Coober Pedy.  They make stunning pendants, rings and earrings.  You can check out our range of crystal opal for sale at www.OpalQuest.com.


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Mintabie Opal

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Mintabie Opal

Mintabie opal is getting harder to find. Especially now that the government has closed the town and very little mining is allowed on the opal fields. Here is a but of information about the history of Mintabie and the opal that it can produce.

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