Buy Boulder Opal Rough online direct from the mines at
wholesale prices. Opal Auctions has huge range of rough from many different
opal mines in Queensland Australia.
Our seller have permission to offer images of rough opal wet to help expose the colour to buyers .
This is a massive opal field covers thousands miles in
central Queensland and each opal field
has its own unique characteristics .famous fields go from Winton ,Quilpie to Koriot
and Yowah and Jundah
These mining operations can be in some of the remote and
wildest parts on this continent so to get normal supplies can be very challenging
.Many operations have planes fly in
supplies and if spare part is required it can stop miners for weeks and even
diesel is double price of the cities due to transport costs and also machine
like bulldozers can go through hundreds gallons
day of fuel
So mining for boulder opal is now expensive ,and fortunately
miners are now finding good deposits.
As this Boulder opal rough is formed a seams or veins colour in ironstone
the parcel can be bulky and have to be worked
The miner has cutters on site or at branch and they slab and saw parcel lots
into smaller manageable sizes
A mine can have dozen 40 gallon drums so first stage is to process
to find top colour bars
So miner has to do lot work before the second stage of
slabbing and shaping the virgin rough into
rubs as single or parcel lots or a s pairs splits
The market for this category is actually more rubs a s all
excess ironstone has been cut off and this saves on shipping costs
Boulder opal rough can be very messy to cut as ironstone
leaves brown stains so keep cutting equipment a s clean a s possible to stop
dust particle s effecting your polish
Enjoy polishing and shaping these natural opal gemstone.