Precious opal is unique among gemstones. Each stone has its own individual pattern and range of colours, and its colours and patterns can change with the angle of view.
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About Lightning Ridge
Lightning Ridge is one of the few places in the world where the precious and highly prized black opal is found. Learn more about the town in north-western New South Wales.
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Opal mining takes place within a Mineral Claim using multiple methods of extraction. Learn more about the methods here.
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