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The World of Opals

Geology Guide

By: Allan W Eckert

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Oct 1997 | #83206 | ISBN: 0471133973
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This book covers the history of opals, where they are found and how they are mined, with detail on how to cut and polish the gems.


What Is an Opal?. A New Look at Opal Formation. Opalized Fossils and Pseudomorphs. A Chronological History and Mythology of Opals. Famous and Otherwise Noteworthy Opals. Types of Opals. The World's Major Opal Fields. Opal Occurrence Worldwide. Appendix. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

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ALLAN W. ECKERT, PhD, has been a professional writer for over thirty years, with more than thirty--seven books to his credit. He is the recipient of an Emmy Award for outstanding program achievement, and his short stories have earned him seven Pulitzer Prize nominations. A member of the American Society of Gemcutters, Dr. Eckert has mined opals in Virgin Valley, Nevada, as well as at the New Coocoran Opal Field of Lightning Ridge and the White Cliffs Opal Field, both in New South Wales, and at the Yowah Opal Field in southwestern Queensland. Over the past six years, he has cut and polished over 4,000 opals and faceted hundreds of other gemstones. His previous publications include the four--volume set Earth Treasures, a guide to rock dig locations in the United States.
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