New, Rough, Lightning Ridge Black Opal
The Tibara Opal Team will have new exciting world class black opal available starting with the 2002 Tucson G&LW Show. Call for details. This rough has already been rubbed or cut by the miner. See our Cut and Finished Stones. This mine is now closed due to miner’s health problems.
Three Large Museum Quality Opals
From an old field in Coober Pedy, Olympic, known for its stability. White with large broad flash patterns.
Weight 14.9 oz Cost per gram $120. Total: $55,532.
From Coober Pedy. Translucent, beautiful bands stacked on one another.
Weight 15.3 oz Cost per gram $140. Total: $66,360.
Grey base with beautiful green/blue predominant color and multicolor. Barbara calls it an electric blue.
Weight 23.4 oz Cost per gram $170. Total: $123,080.
The Tibara Opal Team will have new exciting world class black opal available starting with the Tucson G&LW Show. Call for details.
High Value Rubs
Rubs is an Aussie term for faced or partially cut stones that need final shaping and polishing. These crystal stones from Lightning Ridge, Australia, tend to show a straw pattern with varying colors; see pictures at left and below. The weights vary and the prices range from $35 to $75 per carat on a pick basis, with two exceptions, the black stones. Is this a good/excellent price?! YOUBETCHA! If you are interested in the lot, please call us for a large-lot price. About ½ of this lot remains.
Our Other New Rough Opal
We are large opal suppliers who normally have quantity of whatever is arriving from the mines. We generally stock quantity of most of the items listed. For example, the parcels listed below average 30 to 50 ounces each, unless otherwise noted. Interested in quantity prices? Discounts depend on the quantity of opal you purchase. We keep our prices low because we turn over our opal quickly. We buy and sell quantity and get the best prices without expensive buying trips to Australia.
We feature high value parcels that are under the “going” price in the United
Slices, thin – For inlay, gem quality work. Call for prices.
Lambina produces a wide variety of materials. This reminds us of glacial ice because of the jelly base and blue color. Fire is muted and cuts an interesting, different look. Intarsia, inlay (?), and great cabbing. Some purple fire, unusual and popular. $7.90–19.90/gram.
Coober Pedy – C0101
Light base, crystal base or seams, very bright (7–9). Various patterns (grassy green through liquid large pattern metallic flash). Clean. Multicolor, frequent red predominant. Cab or inlay. We think this is a high value @ $45 – 90/gram.
Coober Pedy – C0105
Large pieces (some smaller) large pattern, thick bars, red predominant, some liquid fire, metallic color/fireform. Brightness 8–9. Waste small. Cuts very high quality cabs. $90 – 149/gram.
Coober Pedy – CO105
A smaller parcel of this lot = 33.5grams. Fabulous cutting, red predominant. $4,690.
Old Coober Pedy – C244 Cabbing
Unusual water clear crystal. (10) Gorgeous multicolor, broadflash, pin/flash combination. Some large pattern broadflash. (Rare) Very hard to find. $150 – 200/gram. Clear, little waste.
Lambina Rough – Inlay & Cabbing
Small to medium pieces. Base is semi-translucent to translucent. Color bars are crystal to jelly. Fire is green, blue, blue/purple. Good material for lower to medium inlay. Several grades $5.00/gram to $18.90/gram. Quantity prices available.