|Billed as the “finest opal ever,” the Virgin Rainbow made its world debut at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide as the centerpiece of a larger exhibition to commemorate the centenary of opal mining in Australia.|
|Veteran miner John Dunstan is credited with discovering the Virgin Rainbow in Coober Pedy in 2003.|
Dustan has mined opals for 50 years, but the internal fire of the Virgin Rainbow is unlike anything he’s ever seen.
Gibber plain near Coober Pedy
|The Virgin Rainbow is a Belemnite pipe, which is essentially an opal that formed in the skeleton of an extinct ancestor of the common cuttlefish.|
It is considered a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.
|Coober Pedy is called “The Opal Capital of the World.” The discovery of gem opals sparked a rush of mining activity that has generated top-quality gems for more than 100 years.|
Australia produces more than 90% of the world’s precious opals.