Photos from Peters opal mining days at Mintabie South Australia. Click the image to view a full size version. Old fields approx 1980 Mintabie Opal Fields Approaching Mintabie early days Our first permanent camp, Mintabie … Best crystal opal from our mine A great pocket of gem opal Thick black opal seam …. .
The Jet Black Opal Claim I was feeling intensely excited and keen to get back to Mintabie and start work on the Jet Black Opal claim. I had a good feeling and as a lot of miners will tell you ‘having a feeling’ sometimes leads to a find. ‘Having a feeling’ is different from anticipation
Return to Mintabie Mintabie is a long 3 days drive from Canberra and I swear crossing the Hay plain that every blade of grass, every salt bush and the three trees on it had not changed since we crossed last. The hamburger at the last garage out of Port Augusta tasted deliciously the same as
Cutting Solid Opals I have been cutting opal since I was thirteen. I have cut Mintabie opal, Lightning Ridge opal, Andamooka opal, Coober Pedy opal and Boulder opal from many Queensland opal mines. This article is about the basic procedure I use to cut opal to produce the best results for the cut solid opals
Mineshafts’s participation in The Story of Australia…..documentary aired in China to 21 million viewers. Peter (Owner of Mineshaft) was invited to be part of this documentary. One of the six parts was on mining in Australia and a section of this was on opal. Peter was interviewed in the shop and later filmed cutting opal at
Denver Show 2011 The Denver show in Colorado USA is held every year in September. It is regarded by many as the ‘little brother’ of the Tucson gem and mineral show. I have wanted to see this show for many years just to see what it is like and how it compares. This short article
ETHIOPIAN OPAL UPDATE (A soapbox opinion) Should the Australian Opal industry be worried about the influx of Ethiopian Opal onto the world market? I believe many in our industry are blissfully running their businesses along the same lines they have always been without any knowledge or interest in what is happening on the world stage.
MILLION DOLLAR OPALS In the past few months I have been approached by two separate opal miners for help in selling two unique but totally different opals. As yet both are unsold and still on the market. The first started with a customer telling me about a friend who was an opal miner years ago
We have just received our latest shipment of mammoth ivory carvings. This is the best shipment we have ever had. To introduce these to our readers we are offering four of the best to our blog readers at half the shop price, plus postage Mammoth Ivory has been used by humans as a carving median
Tucson Show 2010 The Tucson gem and mineral show is a pilgrimage that anyone interested in gems, minerals, fossils or jewellery should make at least once. I have been more then 25 times and spent over a year of my life at the show. In that time it has grown from being held in 3