Merlin diamond mine, Australia

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Diamond mine in Northern Territories (Australia) operated between 2000 and 2003.

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Polynesian pearls

Pinctada margaritifera shell and pearls from French Polynesia

Posted 08/31/2011  /   By SSEF  /  0 Comments

Historical source of nacre and natural pearls and currently major source of black cultured pearls from the black-lipped pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera).

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Queensland sapphire deposits, Australia

Sapphire Basaltic Australia

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Basaltic lava plains sapphire deposit in Queensland, Australia.

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Opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia

Opal from Lightning Ridge, Australia

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Opal mining region in New South Wales.    

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Opal from Coober Pedy

Opal from Coober Pedy, Australia

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Important opal deposits in South Australia.  

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Argyle diamond mine, Australia

Natural pink diamond

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Largest diamond mine in the world by volume of production (2010). This deposit is currently the main source for pink diamonds.  

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Australian pearls

Australian natural pearls from Pinctada maxima

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The Australian coasts were a source of natural pearls and oyster shells especially in the past. Today, an important producer of South Sea cultured pearls (mainly Pinctada maxima).

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New South Wales sapphires, Australia

Rough corundum from basaltic deposits

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Sapphire mines near the town of Inverell in New South Wales, Australia.

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