For years, Australia has been the world’s leading Opal producer. The nation is responsible for over 95% of Opal mined and sold on the market. Australia is no less than a titan in the world of Opal — but the truth is that it’s also a relatively new deposit — one that has only recently been exploited. Before its discovery, getting your hands on an Opal was more complicated, hazardous, and sometimes a bizarre experience. In some cases, it even involved getting your feet wet — quite literally. In this article, we'll dive deep into Opal lore and history and explore some of the strangest and oldest Opal mines in the world, the Opal Mines of Slovakia.
Opal Mines in Slovakia
Back when Alexander the Great was busy conquering lands and when the Romans ruled the modern world, Australia wasn’t even on the map. It was a continent that, quite literally, didn’t exist on most cartographical records. And thatContinue reading