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How To Mine for Opals
Ever wondered what it's like, hunting for opal? In 15 minutes, Jake Anderson of the Royal Peacock Mine describes it all, from raking the tailings to following the glass trail in the banks.
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Wilson Family

Family-Run Business

For Four Generations
The Wilsons have owned and operated the Royal Peacock Opal Mine ever since 1944. At present, Jake supervises the diggings, Julie runs the Gift Shop, and Harry oversees operations.
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Northern Lights Open for 2015

This year, we will once again open our famous "Northern Lights" area. This is the part of the Royal Peacock Opal Mine that was featured in The Travel Channel's "Cash and Treasures" program, with Kirsten Gum. It has yielded some truly impressive opals!Read More

Opal Oasis!
This fun feature by KTVN Channel 2 photographer Jeff Foss hits all the right notes.
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Freda's Log!
A close-up look at one of the most beautiful opals ever produced by the Royal Peacock.
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Overview
This promo video from the 1980s introduces the Royal Peacock Opal Mine.
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From our Guestbook...

  • The great part was witnessing the couple next to us finding a very nice specimen quoted as being worth well over $5,000, maybe up to $15000. Very very beautiful.
    Dan
  • It was our good fortune to find several opals, one weighing in at 96 grams. I can't wait to return and do it all over again.
    Paul & Brenda Lofton Tampa, Florida
  • We found several opals, and one very nice limb cast. I cant wait to go again. I also wanted to mention just how quiet it is out there. Very relaxing.
    Randy and Victoria Little Azle, TX
  • Everyone was so nice there at the mine. We found a bunch of opals... We are very happy and will definitely return.
    Cathy and David Millen
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A few notable specimens...

"Gherkin"
"Ghost Fire"
"Baby Seal"
"Royal Peacock"
"Green Ghost"
"Dragon's Tooth"
"Moby Dick"
"Pebble Ghost"
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Our Find - Before and After

Our Find - Before and After
Our Peacock Opal Find

From Noel and Teresa Pacheco, archaeologists with Ancient Journeys of Taos, NM: In 2005 we were at the mine and found a huge peacock opal, about 232 cts. Joy and her husband saw it and told us how to treat it. Three years ago we had it cut, and here it is:
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