These Australian opals are a popular choice and are quite inexpensive and are full of colour. Coober Pedy is a region of Australia and there is many of this type of opal on sale here at St Claire Opals.
Boulder Australian opals contain variable amounts of ironstone. They are inexpensive to buy. Make sure, though you check out the Fire Australis opals or even the Black opals of which all are really good value.
Opals found in Australia were known to come from 3 different states on that continent, namely South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. We now have a fourth state, Western Australia. Check out the Fire Australis Opals from this Australian state.
Mysterious opals contain the wonders of the skies ‐ sparking rainbows, fireworks, and lightning ‐ shifting and moving in their depths. Opal has been treasured throughout history around the world. Archaeologist Louis Leakey found six thousand year old opal artefacts in a cave in Kenya! [read more]
One of the most common misconceptions is that oil or house hold liquids can damage Australian opals. At present there are no known compounds that can penetrate a solid Australian opal. The only exception to this is matrix which is very porous. [read more]
Naturally formed sandstone opal matrix is Precious Opal flecks dispersed throughout an earthy orange ferruginous sandstone. By enhancing the host sandstone gives a greater contrast thus the visibility of the precious opal colours is greater. [read more]
Australian Boulder opal is mined over thousands of square kilometres in central Queensland Australia. The major opal fields are Winton, Quilpie, Yowah, Koroit, Opalton with many opal mines hundreds of kilometres away from any regional town. [read more]