Project Description

• Opal is Australia’s National Gemstone
• In Aboriginal dreamtime stories, the Opal was created when the colours of the rainbow touched the earth
• Opal is a form of silica, chemically like quartz, but containing water within the mineral structure
• South Australia’s opal fields supply an estimated 80% of total world opal production with Andamooka contributing a large share to this multimillion-dollar export trade
• Andamooka produced some of the most beautiful specimens of opal ever seen by man
• Andamooka Crystal Opal is a luxury brand.
• Andamooka crystal is the finest quality opal in the world
• Andamooka Crystal opal is the most valuable type of opal and the most stable of the Australian opals in that it does not fade, craze, or crack
• One of the world’s best and most famous opal was mined in Andamooka, the ‘Queen’s Opal’ was presented to Queen Elizabeth in 1954. This opal, once cut, weighed in at 203 carats. It was set in an 18-carat palladium necklace
• Andamooka Opal Matrix is unique to the Andamooka Opal Fields