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Opal rough has been popular from these opal fields for over
The opal forms in
seam opal veins in towns around Coober Pedy and is known through the world as
white opal with multiple fire colours.
The base or potch of this opal is white porcelain colours to
dark colours but mostly china white with bright fire colours on top So rough has
always been popular form new cutters to professional cutters.
Most popular opal
fields have been Olympic, Allan rise, White Cliffs and Shell patch, all know
for white opal rough.
The opal rough can hide fossil shells or other marine
animals so it need close investigation if any fossils are in a rough parcel
Even the houses are built underground and carved from this
white potch as if you ever go underground you can see bright white potch walls
and its very pleasant to live underground as average 20 degrees all year round.
Also painted ladies
are found in the area, but they are rarely cut as they make good specimens, but
price is determined by how many opals you could cut from these.
Some do have thick color bars, so cutters should study each
one closely to see if worth cutting into stones.
Belemnites are also found with this white opal rough and can
display multi fire colours.
The belemnite is
opalized from ancient sea creature similar it squid.
Crystal parcels rough have been used by jewelry to make
inlay jewelry as this area has lot shell opals and these break up when mining
but are ideal to set in jewelry as inlay as small pieces are used to make
fantastic opal inlay jewelry and crystals from this area are ideal for this