Virgin Rainbow Black Opal

The Virgin Rainbow Black Opal was discovered on 11th September 2003 at Twenty Three Mile fields Coober Pedy, South Australia by opal miner John Dunstan and his partner Steve Zagar. The Virgin Rainbow Belemnite Crystal Black Opal ¬©Image ¬© 2004 Piper Films SA  Measuring an amazing 63.3 mm in length and from 13.3 mm – … Read more

Famous Opals

“Olympic Australis” The “Olympic Australis” is reported to be the largest and most valuable gem opal ever found. It was found in 1956 at the famous “Eight Mile” opal field in Coober Pedy, South Wales. (picture and information courtesy of Altmann & Cherny)  A miner working his claim found the opal at a depth of … Read more

Papal Tiara or Pope’s Crown

As with all previous popes, Pope Paul VI was crowned with a tiara at the papal coronation. As happened sometimes with previous popes, a new tiara was used, one donated by the city of Milan in honour of Paul’s elevation; he had been Cardinal Archbishop of Milan up to his election. Pope Paul’s tiara was … Read more

St. Edward’s Sapphire: Famous Gemstones and Jewelry

This famous sapphire is set at the top of the British Imperial Crown which also features the Cullinan II Diamond, the Black Prince’s Ruby, and the Stuart Sapphire. St. Edward’s Sapphire from the top of the Imperial State Crown. The four large drop-shaped pearls are said to have been the earrings of Elizabeth I Even … Read more