AUSTRALIAN OPAL SOLIDS. Mineshaft has a large range of light based opal solids, Opal specimens and opal carvings. Light opal solids vary from very cheap white opals to the best of the crystal opal. Peter spent many years professionally mining at Mintabie opal fields. He had several opal mines during this time at most of the main sub fields. He continues to cut magnificent opal from the rough collected from these mines. If you have a size, colour, shape or price preference please send us an e mail and we will respond with pictures of any suitable opals. It is very difficult to photograph light opal so in general the opal will look much better then the photos. Opal is 3 dimensional and often the movement of the opal gives it special character. Towards the end of this page are specimens of rough light based opal.
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CRYSTAL OPAL. This stone is a giant 37.8 carat beauty. Two colours with the Turquoise looking like it is floating above the green. This gem measures approximately 40 mm by 30mm depending how you measure it. It is the largest gem from this particular pocket. For more information please e mail us.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL SOLIDS. Here is a small selection of light based opal solids. Almost all of these stones are from our own mines. The price ranges from A$275 per carat down to A$10 per carat. The sizes vary from under a carat to around 5 carats. (You can see even from this small sample that our opals are well graded). If you have a price range and size in mind we can e mail you pictures of what we have in stock. Click on any of the images to view a larger picture.
SOLID OPAL. This opal is a special multi coloured gem . Predominantly orange but with yellow , turquoise, green and others. It weighs 10.7 carats and measures 24 mm by 18 mm. It is a special gem in every way. The price is $6500.
SEMI BLACK GIANT OPAL SOLID. A Giant 25.9 carat blue green semi black crystal opal cut from the rough mined at Mintabie (Old Field) many years ago. Recently cut by Peter. It measures 25 mm by 25 mm and weighs 25.9 carats. The price is $7700. It sits on top of the two pieces of rough from the same pocket. These are available for sale as they are- uncut.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL SOLIDS. Most of the above large stones are from our own mines.
Opal solid Two patterned Opal. Peter has cut recently cut another delightful large opal gem. This one weighs 14.6 carats and measures 29 by 18 mm. It is multi coloured with vibrant patches of rolling colour. The bottom on the stone is pin fire and the upper two thirds is a patterned “quilt like’ arrangement of rolling colour. Which ever way it is turned it is alive. From left to right or up and down it is a kaleidoscope of moving colour. The price is A$4400
SPECIAL OPAL BOXES ( the boxes below are samples of what we always have available. Great value for many uses.
SPECIAL $100 a BOX. These boxes of Australian opal solids have been incredibly popular and are a real bargain. There is a minimum of 12 carats in each box and an average of 2o stones per box. That is very cheap for this quality (We often sell several to the same customer in our shop). Many customers buy them as give-aways when they travel overseas and come back every time they travel. We can send you pictures of current stock.
SOLID SEAM OPAL. This exquisite piece of rough opal could be cut in to a gem or kept as a magnificent and thick piece of seam opal. It was very rare to get high quality opal in this thickness at Mintabie. this piece was mined on the Old Field many years ago. It has been photographed from the front and the back. It measures 52 mm by 44 mm by 18mm and weighs 44.5 grams. The price is A$3000.
SOLID SEAM OPAL. here is another piece of extremely thick seam opal from the same pocket. It is solid throughout (See picture of light shining through the opal.)The opal could be cut or kept as the magnificent and rare thick seam opal specimen it is. It measures 66 mm by 55 mm by 18mm and weighs 65.6 grams. The price is A$3500.
MINTABIE SEAM OPAL. This marvellous specimen has a very thick piece of opal that could cut a wonderful stone. However I think it is a far better specimen of thick Mintabie seam opal. It is a bargain at A$1500! The two stones below have been cut from the adjoining piece.
MINTABIE OPAL SOLID. This magnificent opal was found on the Old Field at Mintabie forty years ago. Peter has only just cut this gem. It weighs 6.7 carats and measures 13 mm by 13mm. This is the ideal stone for that special Man’s ring. The price is A$3350
OPAL SOLID carvings. these are just a few of of our carvings in opal.
This is a very big opal carving. The carving is from a single piece of opal and has areas of very nice colour. It measures 80mm x 50 mm x 30 mm and weighs a gigantic 440 carats. The price is A$1200 plus postage. Click on image for a larger picture.
AUSTRALIAN SEAM OPAL. This is the last large polished Seam Opal from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. The specimen is a thin seam of opal in sandstone and the colour is vibrant red/yellow/blue and green with great colour play. The specimen measures 120 mm by 120 mm by 35 mm and weighs 945 grams. The price is A$5000. Click on the image for a larger picture.
MINTABIE SEAM OPAL. This is a really good specimen of seam opal. The opal is crystal opal and is a uniform 10 mm thickness throughout the specimen. This is really thick opal for seam opal. The specimen weighs 293 grams and measures 112 mm by 84 mm by 44mm. It has not been touched by a grinder and specimens like this are very rare to come across. It was mined many years ago. The price is A$3000.
AUSTRALIAN SEAM OPAL. This is a multi coloured hand sized Seam Opal specimen from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. It measures 95 mm by 65 mm by 30mm and weighs 190 grams. The price is A$600 plus postage. Click on the image for a larger picture.
AUSTRALIAN SEAM OPAL. This is a hand size polished seam opal in sandstone from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. The specimen measures mm by 95mm by 70mm and weighs 91 grams. The price is A$150 plus postage. Click on image for a bigger picture.
AUSTRALIAN SEAM OPAL. This specimen of seam opal comes from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. It measures 85 mm x 55 mm x 31 mm and weighs 170 grams. The price is A$600 plus postage.
AUSTRALIAN SEAM OPAL. Nice specimens ofopal in sandstone from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. A lotcolour. . The price is A$200 each plus postage. Click on image for a larger picture.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL ‘Pipe’.
This is one of the nicest ‘pipes’ of solid opal from our Rainbow mine in south west Queensland. There would be enough opal to cut a nice size stone but it would be a shame to spoil the specimen. It measures 60 mm x 50 mm x 40 mm and weighs 135 grams. The price is A$200 plus postage. Click on image for a larger picture.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL ‘Potch’. This is a really big specimen of potch replacing wood from our Rainbow mine in south west Queensland. It measures 120 mm x 80 mm x 30mm and weighs 290 grams. The cost is A$150 plus postage. Click on image for a bigger picture.