"Nature's Fireworks" - A Beginner's Guide to OPAL - Part 3 A

All of the significant opal deposits in Australia during the last 100 years are located within or surrounding the Great Artesian Basin. The most important deposits are found in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland.

Today, mining is carried out at the following main areas and each area produces solid opal with specific characteristics and colour patterns.

Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

This is a town famous for its rich and rare black opal. Black opal gets its name from the colour of the