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Margot McKinney Solid Natural Boulder opal ring with a central 24.05ct opal from the Lightning Ridge mine in McKinney’s native Australia, which is renowned for its opals.

Top 10 rings: The Jewellery Editor team pick its favourites from 2014

Margot McKinney Solid Natural Boulder opal ring with a central opal from the Lightning Ridge mine in McKinney’s native Australia, which is renowned for its opals.

Did you know that 90% of the worlds Opal is found in Australia? You also might not realise that depending on which Opal mine you are at you will find very different types of Australian Opal.  You can find black Opal in New South Wales, white Opal in Queensland and boulder and matrix Opal in South Australia and Queensland.

Introduction to the Different Types of Australian Opal

Did you know that of the worlds Opal is found in Australia? You also might not realise that depending on which Opal mine you are at you will find very different types of Australian Opal. You can find black Opal in New South Wales, white Opal in Queen

Koroit Boulder Inlay Gem Opal Pendant: Designer (Peter) inlaid a total of three pieces of Cooberpedy Gem Crystal Opal into this creation. Opals-on-Black

Koroit Boulder Inlay Gem Opal Pendant: Designer (Peter) inlaid a total of three pieces of Cooberpedy Gem Crystal Opal into this creation. Opals-on-Black

More of the Lightning Ridge Black Opal - Imgur

More of the Lightning Ridge Black Opal

Black Opal is Australia’s national gemstone. Found in the Lightning Ridge area in northwestern New South Wales, black opals are natural, solid stones that absorb scattered white light, giving it brilliant spectral colors.

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