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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
8.35 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $245



Interesting stone showing yet another aspect of how seam opal can form. Interesting transition from blue to green. Small inclusions visible in transparent base.

Weight: 8.35ct
Dimensions: 18x18x4mm
Lightning Ridge
9.17 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $475



A very large, chunky, but well-proportioned picture stone with extremely bright color swirling across the face. Almost ten-carat centerpiece for your design.

Weight: 9.17ct
Dimensions: 18x13x5mm

Lightning Ridge
13.68 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $325



Huge opal. Full-spectrum color unfortunately covered by greyish layer from most angles, so you get a huge black picture stone for very small price per carat.

Weight: 13.68ct
Dimensions: 23x18x5mm
Lightning Ridge
2.31 carat Lightning Ridge opal

Price: $275



What many people call a harlequin pattern, with large well-defined blocks of blue alternating as the stone is moved. Good color even in low light.

Weight: 2.31ct
Dimensions: 14x9x2.5mm