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Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, Australia is the world's only significant commercial source of black opal - the rarest and most valuable form of opal. Premium quality semi-black and crystal opal is also found in this area. Mining commenced in 1902 and it continues today on approximately two hundred distinct opal fields.
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Lightning Ridge
4.15 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $472



Dark seam opal with consistent pattern throughout in greyish base. Best with bright light straight-on, so it's difficult to photograph. Shows okay in moderate light.

Weight: 4.15ct
Dimensions: 15x13x4mm
Lightning Ridge
4.43 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $225



Really interesting opal. Subtle blue floating inside the crystal-clear opal with "3-D" inclusions in back. Saw one like it in national publication for hundreds more!

Weight: 4.43ct
Dimensions: 32x8x3.5mm

Lightning Ridge
6.27 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $147



Large black seam opal. Lots of blue and some green. Another stone that makes a large presentation for a small price. Would look good in any style setting.

Weight: 6.27ct
Dimensions: 22x13x4mm
Lightning Ridge
6.59 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $87



Large quirky piece with some nice blues in the black potch base. The bulls-eye pattern of the white potch rings in the center make this one rather interesting.

Weight: 6.59ct
Dimensions: 19x10x4.5mm

Lightning Ridge
7.72 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $437



Slightly better seam opal with more translucence and more color. Lots of blue, some green, and a small hint of red hiding inside. Nice large piece.

Weight: 7.72ct
Dimensions: 24x13x4.5mm
Lightning Ridge
7.88 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $875



Nice bright picture stone. Will make an impressive pendant or a really large ring. Local retail shop has one like it for $350/ct. You get a real bargain here.

Weight: 7.88ct
Dimensions: 18x13x4.5mm