The sun was hot on the back of my neck as I crouched down over another pile of rocks, wielding my hammer and garden fork. Every time I had almost convinced myself to quit, a shiny glint appeared underfoot. Yes, my precious, another opal! Spencer, Idaho, is a small town near the Montana border which owes its existence to the opal. The mines here are the best in America, producing stones renowned for their fine layers and exquisite color.
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For those willing to strain and sweat, bank digging is the optimal way to mine opal. Although some may go home empty-handed, some may strike it big. Royal Peacock has yielded black fire opals of over pounds. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of Atlas Obscura in your inbox. Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders.
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The claim was staked by my grandfather over 15 years ago, who unfortunately passed away not much longer after discovery. Perhaps I could release that to someone who is interested about the scientific standpoint of where we are finding our beautiful stones. Precious opals display pinfire, mosaic harlequin and flash play-of-colour with variable brightness. Colours often include red, green and some blue, local violet. Opal shows full spectrum of white through to black.