Opal : Australia’s national gemstone

A mixture of texture, light and colour, the opal is one of the most highly prized stones in the fossicking world, found throughout many locations in Australia. Opals contain up to 13% water and reflect light with an assortment of spectacular colours, of which red is the most prized. The black opal is believed to be an extremely lucky stone whereas the white opal was believed to provide balance to each side of the brain. Grouped around the Great Artesian Basin as well as South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales, there is an opportunity in each state for beginners or professionals to try their hand at some Australian opal fossicking (or ‘noodling’ as it’s commonly referred to as).

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