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Welcome to my blog post Hamilton Island Accommodation Video!
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Hi, and welcome to my blog post “Where To Buy Opals Online?
truthfully this really is quite a serious question because there are a lot of scammers out there ready to sell you fake opals!
These opals have been made in a lab and many of them actually look quite good, but have a think about it!
Why, are they so darn cheap? Because they are mass produced that’s why!
Below I have added an article called Natural Opal Types and was written by a very well respected opal dealer in Australia. He is also the owner of http://www.opalmine.com
Here are Three Main Natural Opal Types
When buying diamonds, sapphires or rubies, you have either a real one or a synthetic. But with opal you can buy an expensive solid stone, or you can buy a triplet or a doublet. Doublets and triplets are far more affordable than solid opals–and they are still real opal. So its good to get to know the differant natural opal types so you know what you are buying.
Dark and Black Opal – Natural Opal Types 1
A solid piece of opal with a natural dark or black back. This makes the foreground of the stone darker and opaque [non see-through] on top. Black and dark opals come in all color variations. This page of pendants features some black opal and opal doublets as well. you will notice that some really brilliant doublets are higher priced that some solid black opals. it all depends on the brightness and the quality of the stone itself. They are all natural opal types.
Pale Opal – Natural Opal Types 1
A sold piece of opal without a natural black back. The stone has a lighter, more delicate color on top. When translucent [letting light through] it is called ‘crystal’ When opaque [not see through] it’s called ‘white’, ‘pale’ or ‘milk’ opal. They come in all color variations. You will be able to see the natural light colored opal pendant here, standing out against the dark opals in this bunch of pendants.
Boulder dark and black Opal – Natural Opal Types 2
A solid piece of boulder opal with a natural brown ironstone back, giving it a dark opal appearance from the top. Boulder opals are also dark or black opals. They come in all color variations.Here are some examples of boulder opals that have been set ready to wear. The first three at the top are natural opal boulders. Leave a message at the bottom of this page if you want more explanation about these pendants
Composite Natural Opal
A solid piece of opal cemented to a natural black [potch] backing, giving the appearance of black opal on top and is opaque. Because of this dark appearance it falls into the category of dark or black opal. The stone is made of TWO pieces. Hence the name DOUBLET. Doublets come in all color variations. Doublets in the form of pendants are very popular. Here are some examples mixed with solid lights and dark opals.
Composite Natural Opal
A thin piece of opal cemented to a black background with a crystal cap cemented to the top. The stone is made of three pieces. Hence the name TRIPLET. Triplets come in all color variations. They are also categorized as dark or black opals and are opaque [non see-through] So they fit in with the natural opal types because they are really made of solid crystal opal sliced into layers. Triplets are also popular as pendants because they are still natural opal types. The first two lines of these opal pendants are triplets. Very popular because they are bright and inexpensive
Photo right: Yowah Nut Opal on show!
Natural Opal Types 2
When small flecks of opal color is found scattered throughout the boulder ironstone, its called ‘matrix’ or ‘boulder matrix’ You will see an example of a boulder matrix triplet pendant set in silver in the second last row of this display of pendants on the extreme right. Its the one with bright green flashes in a brown background
Photo right: The spectacular color that only real opal can produce!
Natural Opal Types 3
Andamooka Matrix is another variety of matrix opal. In this case the potch is porous enough to allow a dark staining process to take place, making the stone dark in appearance.
So the natural opal types are Dark and black opal, Pale opal which takes in white and crystal opal, Boulder Opal which includes boulder opal matrix, and Andamooka Matrix which is a natural treated opal. Then Opal Doublets And Triplet Opals which are still natural opal but have been set in a black or dark background, giving them the appearance of black opal.
To view the original article Natural Opal Types please click the link now!
From the article above you can very well see that there are a few natural Opal Types and these are not synthetic opals produced in a lab! These guys where dug straight from the mines and are the real deal.
What I would recommend when you are searching online in any website looking for unset or opal jewelry take everything into account the positives and the negatives!
So, I am sorry I didn’t provide you with a direct source on where to buy opals online?
Click this link and it will take you directly to Opalmine.com as these guys are the real deal!
Photo right: Far from synthetic this one!
As well as occurring naturally, opals of all varieties have been synthesized experimentally and commercially. The discovery of the ordered sphere structure of precious opal led to its synthesis by Pierre Gilson in 1974. The resulting material is distinguishable from natural opal by its regularity; under magnification, the patches of color are seen to be arranged in a “lizard skin” or “chicken wire” pattern. Furthermore, synthetic opals do not fluoresce under UV light. Synthetics are also generally lower in density and are often highly porous.
Two notable producers of synthetic opal are the companies Kyocera and Inamori of Japan. Most so-called synthetics, however, are more correctly termed “imitation opal”, as they contain substances not found in natural opal (e.g., plastic stabilizers). The imitation opals seen in vintage jewelry are often foiled glass, glass-based “Slocum stone“, or later plastic materials.
Other research in macroporous structures have yielded highly ordered materials that have similar optical properties to opals and have been used in cosmetics.[
I hope you enjoyed this article where to buy opals online? Remember to click on the Opalmine.com links above to get directed to a credible suppliere!
Until next time
Welcome to my blog post Hamilton Island Accommodation Video Specials!
If you are seriously considering venturing up to sunny warm Queensland this up and coming Australian winter then what are you waiting for?
Photo right: Just a little something to get the thirst going!
This Island just may be your perfect escape to get some well earned R&R and live it up a little, or maybe a lot?
Please watch the video below of this wonderful tropical island paradise, if this doesn’t get you firsty to plan your next tropical getaway, then nothing will!
Click the link below the video to find out more!
Click the link here to find out more about this truly unique place!
Hamilton Island is situated right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and is one of the top favorites of the 74 Whitsunday Islands.
This island offers crystal white sandy beaches, colorful coral reef formations, a golf club, yacht club and is for many, the one stop Vacation Island on the North east Queensland coast of Australia.
Hamilton Island Facts and Tourism
The ever popular Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited Isle on the Whitsunday coast and hosts super popular yacht races called the Hamilton Island race week.
This Island is full of natural wonders such as amazing plants and wildlife. Then to top it off is set amongst world class Island beaches.
I guess that’s why many choose a Hamilton Island Travel holiday!
Although this Island is bases mostly around tourism there are a few locals who reside on the Island. These range from employees that work and breath and live the Island to others who have opted to retire into tropical Island living.
Activities Tours and Cruises
Golf Club – The Golf club is actually located on a neighboring Isle and just a five minute ferry ride away on Dent Island.
The course is world class and holds 18 holes that possibly just maybe some of the best golf ranging views in Australia.
Click to view the rest of the article Hamilton Island Travel
I hope you enjoyed this article Hamilton Island Accommodation Video Specials.
Now, I know I didn’t add much video, but if you follow the link above you will see plenty more and get directed to plenty of great deals all over the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsundays and Hamilton Island.
See you there!
Welcome to my blog post “Opal Information For Outback Australia”!
If you have come across my blog then you may of noticed that I have started to cover the great west in Australia, what we call the Outback! Why do we call it this?
Well, because it’s out the back from the coast and hinterlands!
Photo right: Opal mining the plain that surrounds opal ridge!
It’s not always all red sand and desert! No, at time this place gets so green that you just wouldn’t think it was the same place.
Actually after all the rain we have had this last year the place is well and truly thriving! Actually it looks so good that they cancelled the latest Mad Max movie and moved it to South Africa!
Anyway, I have some more really cool content for you below!
Outback Australia – Land of Challenges and Opals
Though the Outback may look like vast barren desert, it’s not always dry out west. In fact, in a good season, Lightning Ridge can be very wet and muddy. There’s a saying that goes this way, “Stick to the black soil in the dry season and it’ll stick to you in the wet.” As it stands, at this time of writing 2011 we have had the largest floods in recorded history. At present a lot of the opal fields are full of water.
No truer words have been spoken. Black soil makes a dusty but quite smooth road when it’s dry, but is nearly impossible to travel when it’s wet. It slips worse than snow.
There is a beautiful highway that links the continent right through the middle. Some sections are so long and straight, you could read a book while driving–this practice is not recommended, however.
Opal gems are not the only colors in Outback Australia
A mixture of dust and Outback climate produce some unbelievable sunsets. The evening sky blazes with warm colours, often highlighted by bands of deeper hues. Where the sky meets the ground, the stark silhouettes of individual trees, shrubs, boulders, and isolated dwellings stand out against the backdrop of colour.
One miner at Yowah has compiled a photographic book of these sunsets, each of which is unique.
Winter nights are magnificent in the Outback Australia. There’s always plenty of mulga wood to burn. You have to experience a campfire in the outback on a chilly evening, with the Milky Way spread out before you, to know what I mean by “out of this world.” A few friends around a campfire just caps it off, especially if someone is playing the guitar accompanied by a mouth organ (harmonica), and lots of bush yarns (stories).
Even the mundane experience of visiting an outdoor toilet at night can be awe-inspiring. Looking up at the sky from your roofless outhouse, you ponder how long it takes to get from one end of the Milky Way to the other. The astronomers say it would take 100,000 years travelling at the speed of light.Add to this, the intrique of finding an opal and you have the perfect situation.
To read the rest of this article please click here Outback Australia
Yes, the land west of the coast sure is a unique place. I have traveled there a few times myself and flew over it in a plane and have fantastic memories. If you have read about Australia and what it has to offer then you would have some idea, but believe me you really have to visit to truly understand this great land and true blue Aussie hospitality!
Welcome to my blog post The Outback Opal Opal Fields Of Australia!
Did you know that this subject is steeped in true Aussie outback History?
Actually even a lot of Australian’s don’t know very much about this subject and it definately wasn’t taught in school. I should know that because I attended one, school that is!
Anyway, here is a piece of content that covers the subject very well below!
“Oh”, yes lets not forget the video below, deep down inside an opal mine!
It is said that over 95% of the worlds opal comes from Australia.
Most of the Opal Fields of Australia are located in three states:
Boulder Opal fields of Australia
Queensland . Boulder opal is mined in a large area between Quilpie in the South and Winton in the north. The boulder and black opal fields nearly meet at the border between Queensland and NSW. They are a significant example of very remote opal fields of Australia.
Chrystal and White Opal Fields of Australia
more details of Opal Fields of Australia
A report on the Opal Fields of Australia would not be complete without mentioning the famous mines in South Australia . This is the home of the Coober Pedy, Mintabie, and Andamooka mines, famous for light opal, which includes crystal, grey and white opal. Sometimes called ‘milk’ opal. Here are some examples of light colored opal set in gold and silver as pendants and earrings. This white opal has been backed with a dark background giving it a dark opal appearance. At least twelve of these opal pendants are from south Australia. See if you can recognize them.
Photo right: Now that’s some serious opal!
3. Black Opal Fields of Australia
TOURISTS Opal Fields of Australia
New South Wales is the home of the famous Black Opal. In fact its knon worldwide for dark opals. White cliffs further south toward the South Australian border, is all but mined out but was probably the largest opal mine in the world before Coober Pedy which is now one of the largest opal fields of Australia, was discovered.
This section describe opal mining in Australia, yesterday and today. Many of the photos you’ll see on these pages are displayed, with permission, from the reference books. If you are interested in these publications, please Contact Us for prices and details.
For more information, read the Encyclopaedia of Australian Opals to learn more about opals. Other parts of this site go into more details of the Opal Fields of Australia, so please enjoy the information and take as many notes as you like.
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So,what did you think of my page The Outback Aussie Opal Fields Of Australia, pretty cool huh?
I loved putting this together!
What I should really do is get in touch with peter from Opalmine.com who supplied the story and see if he has any outback Aussie slang he can share with us!
Photo below right: Raw Opal found in Andamooka South Australia!
Anyway, please pass on this story to others, as I am very sure there would be many would would just love it!
See you again soon and happy travels