Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Most Incredible Opal Ever Discovered

The Finest Opal Ever Unearthed Will Soon Be On Display In Australia

This week, a museum in Sydney, Australia announced that they have received the opportunity to exhibit what is believed to be the finest Opal ever unearthed. Named the 'Virgin Rainbow', this astounding gemstone was dug up by miners in the desert town Coober Pedy of South Australia. It has been valued at over $700,000 USD as its beauty exceeds that of any other opal ever discovered. The exhibition, titled Opals, will open on September 25, 2015.

"It's of unequalled quality, it's a fully crystal opal," said museum director Brian Oldman. "It's almost as if there's a fire in there; you see all different colours. As the light changes, the opal itself changes. It's quite an amazing trick of nature.

Due to a very specific geographical history, nearly 90 percent of the opals of our world have been unearthed in South Australia. In fact, the town of Coober Pedy is where the first opal was discovered in 1914 by a boy by the name of Willie Hutchison.

"The story goes that Willie set out in search for water one day, rather than staying at camp as he'd been instructed to do by his father. He came back to camp with water, but also with precious opal gemstones." Oldman said.

Historical geographers have determined that much of Southern Australia was once covered by an inland sea. As millions of years passed, the enormous body of water provided conditions adequate for the formation of opals to take place.

Excavation of these stunning creations of nature are still very much under way. Though this may be our most remarkable opal on record, a more brilliant stone may be lying in wait.

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