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Raw Andamooka Opal 2”+

Raw Andamooka Opal 2”+

Regular price $88.00 USD
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Andamooka opal is a type of op found in the town ofamooka, South Australia. Its history dates back to the early 20th century when opal mining began in the area. The opal fields in Andamooka were first discovered in 1930, and since then, it has become known for its unique and vibrant opals.

Andamooka opal is characterized by its bright colors and play of light. It has a diverse range of hues, including red, green, blue, and yellow, making it highly sought after by gemstone enthusiasts and collectors. The opals from Andamooka often display a distinctive "pinfire" pattern, which is a scattering of small patches of intense color.

Opal mining in Andamooka initially started as an underground operation, with miners tunneling into the earth to find opal veins. Over time, mining techniques evolved, including open-cut or strip mining, which involves removing layers of dirt and rock to access the opal-bearing layers.

The town of Andamooka has a rich mining history, with opal being the main source of income for many residents. Opal miners, also known as "noodlers," would sift through mounds of dirt and rubble in search of precious opal fragments. This labor-intensive process required patience and expertise.

Andamooka opal has gained recognition globally for its unique beauty and quality. It has been used in jewelry making, including rings, pendants, earrings, and more. The opals are also treasured as collector's items and have become synonymous with Australian gemstones.

In recent years, the Andamooka opal industry has faced challenges due to declining opal deposits and increased competition. However, the opals from Andamooka continue to hold a special place in the world of gemstones, admired for their stunning colors and individuality.


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