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Sue's tips to finding your perfect opal: Step 2

Sue's tips to finding your perfect opal: Step 2

Hi Everyone, So now you know how to tell the difference between natural solid and man-made opals, we need to talk more about location, location, location! But why, I hear you ask. Well because your opal will have different characteristics dependin...
Sue's guide to finding the perfect opal: Step 1.

Sue's guide to finding the perfect opal: Step 1.

Hi Everyone, So over the next few months in my blog (and the posts on our Instagram and Facebook), I will being walking you through how to find your perfect opal or opals. The first step in this process is to identify what sort of opal you are int...
Canada here we come!

Canada here we come!

I am happy to report that we have had a very successful first quarter to our 2017 mining season, with some spectacular finds. In our feature image, you can see some very promising opal veins running through their host rock. Next, we head overseas ...
The 2017 opal mining season has started!

The 2017 opal mining season has started!

It is absolutely wonderful to start our 2017 opal mining season. We are so excited to be back outback in western Queensland. We have many different promising locations on the go, so hopefully we will another very successful year. We are looking fo...
The 'Diamantina'

The 'Diamantina'

Our opal specimen, the DIAMANTINA, was discovered on Mount Margaret Station, Eromanga, in Western Queensland, Australia. This beautiful opal specimen (along with all of Broken River Mining opals) is mined in the pristine riverine desert area of ...
Kingfisher update!

Kingfisher update!

This update is long overdue, but the Australian red-backed kingfishers nesting in our opal mining wall successfully raised 2 babies. Pictured above is one of the fledglings. He or she is just beautiful, so it was well worth the wait!
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2017

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2017

For all of those who visited us at either Kino Sports Complex or the Tucson Convention Centre (or both!) at the 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, thank you so much. We really enjoyed meeting and spending time with you all and had an absolute ball!...
The 'Cooper'

The 'Cooper'

Our opal specimen the COOPER was discovered on Mount Margaret Station, Eromanga, in Western Queensland, Australia in 2014.  The COOPER boulder came out of the ground as an 8 ft boulder with little signs of containing any opal. As such it sat at ou...
Kingfishers find opal - mining this spot ceases!

Kingfishers find opal - mining this spot ceases!

Today the beautiful Australian red-backed kingfisher (pictured above) just made a new home at our current mining site. We have now ceased mining there (even though we are onto opal!) much to their pleasure. Both the male and the female help in the...
Office views

Office views

A beautiful end to yesterday. Just in case the view from our mining location wasn't spectacular enough, we were then presented with a rainbow. You never really get used to the view from here as it is constantly changing with the passage of time. I...
The most important 1000 metres we have

The most important 1000 metres we have

In the outback of Western Queensland, we are 1000's of kilometres away from any medical services. So, in case of an emergency, we thought it would be a good idea to build an airstrip for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to land. With the ki...
Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Today is all about reshaping the area of land we just mined and collecting seeds for planting before summer and the ‘rainy’ season. Being able to regenerate the land we have used is not only our responsibility but also my absolute pleasure. Mainta...