maggiekb at May 16th, 2014 07:15 — #1
crenquis at May 16th, 2014 12:17 — #2
I really wanted this fossilized bivalve opal that was in a mineral and gemstone auction that was posted on BB a while back...
malarkey at May 16th, 2014 12:20 — #3
Thanks! I always knew I had the coolest birth stone!
aeon at May 16th, 2014 16:05 — #4
And around 95% of the opals from the Great Artesian Basin come from around Coober Pedy, which is one of the oddest places in all rural Australia. Which has got to be saying something!
crenquis at May 16th, 2014 16:55 — #5
I recall reading a story about the area in National Geographic as a kid and being fascinated by the underground living quarters that seem ubiquitous there.
anthonyc at May 16th, 2014 18:36 — #6
Yeah, I saw a tv show about that town once. One of the residents was talking about how he was adding some stairs to his dugout to expand it and found a $15,000 opal that ended up paying for the renovation.
sockdoll at May 17th, 2014 00:26 — #7
I've been fascinated by opal since I was a kid buying scraps of Mexican opal stored in water in old baby food jars at the local rock shop. I've never made it to Coober Pedy but I did get a chance to go opal mining in Spencer Idaho one time. The trick was freeing the opal from the rocks it had formed in without fracturing the opal itself. Hard rock mining is a LOT of work.
maggiekb at May 21st, 2014 07:15 — #8
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