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Nov 24 2017Seems Like A Bit More Opal To Be Found In Coober Pedy

Posted 11/24/2017 I was in Coober Pedy from September 17th to September 24th 2017.  And I was fortunate to find several very nice parcels of rough opal direct from the opal miners.  Compared to my May 2016 trip to Oz… more


Mar 18 2017New Shellpatch Opalfield Opal Rush!!!

It’s been a while since good opal mining news has come out of Coober Pedy.  But thankfully a closed portion of Shellpatch Opalfield has been reopened. In 1977 part of the Coober Pedy Precious Stones Field, really portions of the… more


Nov 27 2016Coober Pedy Opal Pricing And Mining Forecast-2016

Big opal finds prove elusive in Australia The Straits Times Published Sep 25, 2016, 5:00 am SGT Thirteen years ago, opal miner John Dunstan was digging in an old shaft in a remote region in central Australia when he struck… more


Nov 21 2016News From Coober Pedy May 2016

Heading northwest after leaving Lighting Ridge, on my way to Coober Pedy, I ran into 3 days of cool, rainy, windy weather.  So It was a delight to pull into Coober Pedy with warm sunny skies.   I love Coober Pedy…the… more


Sep 01 2012Productive trip to Coober Pedy

I had a very productive trip to Coober Pedy, Lambina and Mintabie during our May 2012 trip to Australia to buy opals. When I arrived in Coober I was VERY suprised to find a good supply of rough opal for… more


Aug 04 2011Donna’s Rush Opal Field Discovery

Very interesting news from Coober Pedy! In the far north of the Coober Pedy Precious Stones Field a new opal deposit has been found by John Dunston and his mining partner Paul Reynolds. John recalled finding opal floaters in this… more


Jan 17 2011News From Coober

Didn’t make it to Australia in 2010 as we took an opal buying trip to Ethiopia…to see first hand where the opals are found and what the opal supply is like coming out of Welo province. But I’ve heard much… more


Nov 14 2007Radiation Levels May Lead to Better Opal Exploration

Two noted Australian scientists may have developed a method to scientifically prospect for precious Australian opal. Dr. Brian Senior and Professor Lewis Chatterton have spent 20 years developing a technique that uses the low level natural radioactivity, from uranium and… more


News from Lambina

Sep 01 2012This years trip to Oz

During this years trip to Oz I rented a beautiful 4wd Toyota Landcruiser Ute for the rugged drive to Lambina. It’s about 235km from Coober to Marla then another 45km on a narrow single lane track through the outback on… more


News from Lightning Ridge

Jan 01 2011Made it to the Grawin Opal Field

Made it to the Grawin Opal Field during my 2009 buying trip. Was able to find quite a lot of low grade opal and a nice parcel of high grade material, but very little in between. Production seems to be… more


News from Mintabie

Jul 26 2013Big Diggings at Old Field Mintabie

2012 Mintabie: Spent some time visiting with old friends Patsy and Dan Tucker at their camp in Mintabie and they told us we really needed to go see the new diggings at the “Old Field”.  So we did.  It was… more


Sep 01 2011A whole lot of new digging

A whole lot of new digging happening at the “Old Field” workings. Test drilling had found opal below the levels previously worked at this opalfied, so huge D9 Caterpillars were removing the overburden to get down the the opal level.… more


Jan 10 2011Five Mining Groups for Opals

Latest news from Mintabie is there are maybe 5 mining groups mining for opal amongst the several fields in Mintabie: Grasshopper Ridge, Goose Gully, Airport, Crystal Valley, kingfisher and Old Field. A new law went into effect July 2010 restricting… more


News from Welbourne Hill

Jan 01 2011No news on Welbourne Hill

No news on Welbourne Hill. It appears that although some very nice black gem opals have been found here…the ground is just too hard for conventional opal mining equipment.


News from Welo Ethiopia

Jun 27 2017New Twist On Ethiopia’s Welo Opal Exports

New Twist on Rough Opal Exports-Updated 27 June 2017 Recently Ethiopia has instituted a new export regulation: Any rough opal leaving or being exported from Ethiopia must be accompanied by 50% (by weight) of finished or cut opals.  As an… more


Dec 07 2016Ethiopian Opal-by Gregory Kratch-The GemGuide

Courtesy of The GemGuide September/October 2016 For nearly a decade now, the new find of opal in Ethiopia has been both welcomed and debated on issues of stability and high water content. Some of the material can be quite beautiful… more


Nov 19 2013Rough Welo Opals Take a Drastic Price Increase

Updated 11/19/2013 We have been informed by our Welo opal supplier In Addis Ababa that rough Welo opal can again be exported.  Unfortunately the ban reversal comes with a VERY large increase in opal prices.  The Ministry of Mines is… more


Nov 19 2013Export Ban On Rough Welo Opal Reversed

Updated 11/19/2013 The Ministry of Mines (MoM) is backtracking on its plan to ban rough gem exports during the 2013/14 fiscal year. It is also lifting the May 2012 export ban on raw tantalum, in order to increase the export… more


Mar 03 2013Ethiopian government has announced a ban on all rough opal exports

The Ethiopian government has announced a ban on all rough opal exports expected to take effect the first week of July. Below is an article Written by Meron Tekleberhan. Wednesday, 16 January 2013 10:52 Ethiopia is to ban the export… more


Mar 01 2011Opal production has been stable for 2010

Opal production has been stable for 2010 with a few new mining areas found along the river gorge cliffs below Delanta in Welo Province. But during the week of January 25th 2011 approximately 80 illegal opal miners were arrested and… more