These rough pairs from Lightning Ridge have a natural crack along the opal face. The rock has split in two along a natural fissure. They are uncut and untreated. These rough pairs are for experts or beginners to cut and polish themselves, or to collect and use as-is. They come from Lightning Ridge and range from black to white. Perfect for pieces that require a matching pair, like earrings or bracelets.
Rough Opal is the natural form of Opal. It then takes many hours of delicate and precise handling by a skilled lapidarist to shape this material into the wonderous gems that can be seen. Because of this, rough Opal is an excellent bargain for those who wish to try their hand at carving something precious.
“Pairs are a lot rarer than single stones resulting in higher price values.”
Lightning Ridge is World famous for its stunningly vibrant black opal, rarely found outside this small region. The rarest and most expensive form, characterised by the black base colour of the stone. It shines more vividly than dark, light or boulder opal and is far less common.
At the Opal Shop, we have a diverse range of matching pairs from Lightning Ridge. We almost always have a video as well as a verbal and written description of the items. Our price and descriptions are as fair and understandable as possible, determined by theOpal Shop Owner, expert and buyer of 20 years.