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.
Mintabie seam precious opal. This piece is multi coloured and from one of our nicer pockets found at the Crystal Valley sub field. Many high grade multi coloured crystal opal gems were found in this pocket. This specimen measures 6.5 cm by 5 cm by 2.5 cm and weighs 57 grams. The price is A$500.
Rare Opal in Quartz. Hold this one up and you can see right through the host rock which is actually a quartzite but very much heading towards Quartz. The opal goes through the entire piece and can be seen on the back. It is also precious opal right through. This rare piece is from Andamooka. It measures 6 cm by 3. 5 cm by 15 mm. it weighs 27 grams. The price is A$400. There are a few more specimens at the bottom of the page and we are fast running out. All were mined prior to 1990.
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.
OPAL CARVINGS..Here are two exquisite opal carvings by our own master carver. These take 12 to 15 hours to carve but the result is special.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL SOLIDS. Most of the above large stones are from our own mines.
KOALA OPAL CARVING. Carved by our master carver from the largest piece of opal from the pocket. A magnificent 220 carat carving measuring 75 mm by 65 mm. This magnificent gem could be set in to a pendant to make a statement! For further information E mail us.
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.
OPAL SOLID carvings. these are just a few of of our carvings in opal.
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 could cut several big stones. 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. This specimen of seam opal comes from our Crystal Valley mine at Mintabie Opal fields. It measures 90 mm by 60 mm by 27 mm and weighs 126 grams. A wonderful specimen with 11 mm thick precious opal seam. It may be possible to cut but that would destroy such a wonderful and rare specimen.
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.