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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Virgin Valley Precious Opals and Jewelry

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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.

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