AUSTRALIAN BLACK OPAL. Mineshaft has a large range of black opals.This page shows pictures of some of our black opal loose stones. These are from Lightning Ridge or from Mintabie Opal fields. Many have been found in our own mines and most have been cut by Peter.
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One of the best opals Peter has ever cut. He mined this opal around 1980 at Mintabie Opal Field. He kept it in the rough just to look at all these years. Recently he had the pleasure of cutting and discovery of the exquisite gem inside. 6.9 carats of beautiful dark crystal opal (best of the best). If rarity and the best quality is what you are looking for you can make an offer as it is time for someone to appreciate and take this unique gem to the next level by creating a special piece of jewellery.
ROLLING RIBBON (Rare BLACK OPAL). This is an extremely rare and rarely offered for sale gemstone. The colours roll in a repeating ribbon pattern from red to Turquoise. It weighs 3.1 carats and was found at Mintabie in South Australia at the Old Field in the early 1970’s. Peter has only recently had the joy of cutting this exquisite gem and is only one of three he has ever cut. It is even more special because it is from Mintabie and the chances of more being found is extremely unlikely as there is very little mining there today. The price is A$9000.
ROLLING RIBBON (Rare BLACK OPAL). This is an extremely rare and rarely offered for sale gemstone. The colours roll in a repeating ribbon pattern from red to Turquoise. It weighs 2.6 carats and was found at Mintabie in South Australia at the Old Field in the early 1970’s. Peter has only recently had the joy of cutting this exquisite gem and is only one of three he has ever cut. It is even more special because it is from Mintabie and the chances of more being found is extremely unlikely as there is very little mining there today. The price is A$6000.
More black opal from Lightning Ridge or Mintabie Opal fields. Click on image for a larger picture.
BLACK OPAL $100 BOXES. These boxes are incredible value. Just click on the image for a closer look. Each box contains between 8 and12 carats of beautifully cut solid black opals. These would have to be the best value black opals available anywhere. The opal is very consistent from box to box and each and every box has equal value of black opal. We will often sell several of these to the same customer in our shop. They are great as give-aways. We have many local silversmiths buy these for their jewellery. Click again for even closer view.
GEM BLACK OPAL. This 2.78 gem is one of the best black opals of this size Peter has cut from Mintabie. It was found on the Old Field in the early 1970’s and Peter has only just cut it. The gem is multi-coloured with a lovely mix of vibrant red/orange/yellow/blue/green. It is highly unlikely more Black Opal of this quality will be found at Mintabie again. Very little mining is done there any more and the area where this stone was found was worked out many years ago. The price is A$6000
RARE UNUSUAL COLLECTORS BLACK OPAL. This piece will appeal to collectors of unusual opals. Mined at Mintabie in the 1970’s. It is a solid opal looking like nature has re-joined the opal fluid in stages. A very rare find The stone measures 15 by 10mm and weighs 4.4 carats. The price is A$800. Code 20402396
This is a large freeform black opal from Lightning Ridge. It weighs 17.5 carats and measures 26mm x 22mm x 10mm. The price is only A$525 and would make a unique pendant.
This is a large multicoloured semi black opal from our Water Tank claim at Mintabie opal fields. It weighs 18.4 carats and measures 33mm x 11mm x 4.5mm. The price is A$5500 Click on the image for a larger picture.
This is a nice semi black crystal opal from our Water Tank claim At Mintabie Opal fields. It measures 26 mm x 6.5 mm and weighs 6 carats. The price is A$2400. Click on the image for a larger picture.
Black Opal specimen. This is a nice and hard to get specimen of seam semi black opal from Mintabie. The pictures are taken front and back showing the opal flows through the entire piece. It measures 552 mm by 45 mm by 22 mm and weighs 78 grams. The price is A$300.
MINTABIE BLACK OPAL specimens, These are hard to get now having been mined many years ago. Nice specimens of Mintabie semi-black and black seam opal. These pieces come from a claim I mined at Goose’s in Mintabie Opal field. The history of this claim could make a movie and is an incredable story you can read in a later chapter of Peter’s story.