The Most Expensive Opal On Earth

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If you’ve ever wanted to see the world’s most glorious opal, you’ll have your chance in September as the South Australian Museum in Adelaide unveils the first public display of the “Virgin Rainbow”

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The Most Expensive Opal On Earth

If you’ve ever wanted to see the world’s most expensive opal on earth, you’ll have your chance in September as the South Australian Museum in Adelaide unveils the first public display of the “Virgin Rainbow” (pictured above and below).

Worth more than $1 million, this outstanding geological specimen is distinguished for its rich palette of colorsand light-refracting qualities. Like other opals, the “Virgin Rainbow” is composed of silica and water and was formed over millions of years from the opalized fossils of dinosaurs.

This psychedelic gemstone is just one part of the museum’s larger “Opals” exhibition, which was organized to celebrate 100 years of opal mining in South Australia. Although this region was once a silica-rich inland sea populated by marine dinosaurs, today it’s a hot, arid region that’s responsible for 90 percent of the world’s opal supply. Credit mother nature network

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