Category Opal News

Wire Wrapped Jewelry

Flower Pendant with Opal in the center

In the very beginning of our journey to the United States, gold mining was our first goal of our adventure that we had in mind. Then we started to join a rock club to hunt and learn different kinds of semi precious stones with the hope to get information where we could also mine gold. Instead we caught another interesting stone that we could mine for… yeah that was Opal. We found an opportunity to look for opal in Virgin Valley, Nevada. Ever since we hooked and nuts about Opals. Along with Opal mining, I learnt and improved my wire wrap technique. My goal was “one day, I am going to wire wrap those precious Opals we found”.

There was a wire wrapping and beading lesson that I participated in the rock club back then and before that I did wat...

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SLAB’s WOODOPALS

Hey Guys, right now we are working on slabbed woodopals. After about 6 years on the drying shelve, we finally work on some those Opal’s slabs. It looks like we have some conk pattern on the left bottom of the pictures below, though it has no color of play. On either side of the opal’s picture shown that all woodopals has no color at all, but wait until you guys see the next picture.

We should have known this.. but hey… Surprise….it looks better than we were expecting. While we stabilized one of those slabbed opals, it turns out they have some colors of play. What a great feeling!

After polished on self made flat lap polish machine, then wheels polish machine and the last part by hand.

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Wood Opals

Virgin Valley’s Wood Opals belong to the most unique Opals in the world. That drives us to the Valley every season. Our six years experience of mining and opals treatment shows us again and again, how beautiful Wood Opals can be.

We believe our opals have the brightest play of colors in the world. The combination with fossilized wood makes it even more unique. Perfect evidence what nature can do. A previous living tree or bush combined with silica that has been fused together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z54ruBHDyFo
The Wild Stick
The Royal Veins
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xM0WfmAnMc

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Seasonal Journey

It’s been tough for all of us, almost all year long now with this Covid Virus. We thought, first we were going to skip our journey to look for Opal this season. The Mine Board finally decided to open the Mine for Shareholders only without opening for public, fee digging and the new store that just opened last year.

New Bonanza Opals Shop

Pretty neat Store huh.. you guys can also find our Opals and Jewelries there during the Season, usually the Mine is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Since there are no many shareholder around, it was actually a very good isolation place during this pandemic. We dug in a Bank where we were pretty much separated from one to other, at least I did.

Geared up at Bank

no one else there but me and my ATV.. selfie time lol....
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Winter Collections

Warm around the Neck

Our winter assortment is on sale for you guys…
a bit warm in the cold winter around the neck is always good, I thought… so why don’t wear a fabric necklace instead.

My partner is preparing some awesome opals, meantime I keep learning how to use this platform properly by putting up little things.

stay tuned !

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Holiday is calling! Check out our Halloween collections and we still have a sale going on, too.

Halloween is almost here

Don’t be afraid my dear

We have sale almost all year

So keep looking in here

Boo…

Happy Halloween

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Ancient Wood Opal Rescue

Following a short article, how to rescue ancient wood combined with precious Opal. It happens, that we are finding Wood that contains Opal in or around it. Some times it is very disintegrated, fibrous and very brittle.

Heavily disintegrated wood, just fibers left, 10 to 12 Millions years old
On the very right of the wood, you can see the whitish opal layer.

To rescue it, we need to stabilize it with lots of Super glue. For that we usually use #Starbond Brand super thin, but first it needs to be cleaned with a brush as good as possible. Once the glue is cured, after a few minutes, we proceed carefully with digging it out.

Cleaned and glued.
Rescued pieces!
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Hello Virgin Valley Precious Opals world!

Virgin Valley Precious Opals and Jewelry

Welcome to Virgin Valley Precious Opals. This is your first Opals post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

The Virgin Valley opal fields of Humboldt County in northern Nevada produce a wide variety of precious black, crystal, white, fire, and lemon opal.

The black fire opal is the official gemstone of Nevada. Most of the precious opal is partial wood replacement.

The precious opal is hosted and found within a subsurface horizon or zone of bentonite in place which is considered a “lode” deposit.

Virgin Valley Precious Opals and Jewelry

Opals which have weathered out of the in-place deposits are alluvial and considered placer deposits. Miocene-age opalised teeth, bones, fish, and a snake head have been found. Some of the opal has high water content and may desiccate and crack when dried.

The largest prod...

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