I am very interested in Brazilian opals...What other kinds of
opals are found in Brazil? White based, black crystals,...etc
I have seen and sold White opals, Black Opals, Boulder Opals, Matrix
Opals, Fire Opals (red, orange), Jelley Opals (lt. orange, yellow).
Also some doublets (few).
When did the Australians do the mining in Brazil? Are the
Australians still mining opal in Brazil and selling it as
That statement was made by Mark Liccini, so I will let him answer it,
if he is still on the list. A similar statement was made by Ron at
Mills Gem Co.Los Osos, CA. (quoted below)
I do not go up to the state of Piaui to buy the Opals at the Mines.
They come down to the south, usually already cabbed or faceted. Thus
I am not interacting directly with the miners. Though I would suspect
that if the Australians are still up there mining, the material leaves
the country directly, by alternative transportation methods.
Also there were two other references to Brazilian opals recently on
the Orchid Digest and I had quoted both in my original post. They
were edited out, after I sent it in. Here they are again. Maybe they
will make it this time.
[Source] Fire Opals in Mexico >From: kpkelly email@example.com
You’ve made a rash judgement about Brazilian opals. There’s an
enormous variety of opals from Brazil. In my experience of cutting
stone (25 years), Brazilian stones are tougher than Australian and
are at least as beautiful.
[Source] Fire Opals in Mexico From: MillsGem@aol.com >Brazil has been
producing gorgeous opals for a couple of decades and, >in general,
they have been amongst the toughest and most durable of >all opals.
The curious thing about all this is that much of the >Brazilian
output has been purchased by Australian and Oriental >buyers and yet
I have never seen any reference to Brazilian Opal >in any offerings
by the aforementioned purchasers…
In the March/April issue of “Colored Stone Magazine” there is a note
about a new find of Fire Opal on the site of a former gold mine in the
state of Rondonia, Brasil in a very hard to get to area in the jungle.
The person they quoted definitely did not have a Brazilian sounding
Lowe Associates - Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens