Opening May 15!

Julie Wilson in Gift ShopPictured: Julie Wilson and a spectacular collection of arrowheads collected by her ancestors Harry L and Mabel Wilson in the late 19th and early 20th century (today, arrowhead collecting is illegal!).

The Royal Peacock is the only opal mine in the Virgin Valley offering a full-service gift shop. In addition to cool drinks, snacks, and sundries, we sell tools, firewood, and other basic supplies. The shop also offers a wide assortment of opals, jewelry, and other collectibles.

The shop also serves as the office; please check in here first if you wish to mine for opals, set up camp, or rent an RV space or cabin. The Gift Shop is open daily, in season, from 7:30AM to 4:30PM.

Basic supplies

The gift shop offers basic mining supplies and camping goods, including:

  • Tool sales and rentals
  • Water, snacks, Gatorade, ice cream, candy bars, bag ice, cold pop
  • T-shirts and hats ($18 apiece)
  • Glass domes for opal storage and display

 

Moss and Fluorescent Opal

The Gift Shop sells moss and fluorescent opal specimens by the pound. These specimens can be mail-ordered from May 15 through Oct. 15, only:

Opal by the Pound
Moss Opal $12.00 per lb 2 lbs minimum 10 lbs maximum
Fluorescent Opal $12.00 per lb 2 lbs minimum 10 lbs maximum

Moss opal is typically opaque, and lacking the vivid play of colors that characterizes precious opal. Its appeal comes from dark green, moss-like inclusions. It is popular among jewelry makers, who use it in pendants, earrings, and pins. Opal is the birthstone of those born in October.

Moss Opal :: Moss opal is popular with jewelry makersMoss Opal Sphere :: Moss opal is popular with jewelry makers
Moss opal specimen (l) and a polished moss opal sphere (r)
(Click either view to enlarge)

As its name suggests, fluorescent opal fluoresces green when viewed under black light. The Royal Peacock is the world's only known source of fluorescent opal.

Flourescent opal :: shown here under natural lightFlourescent opal :: shown here under black light
Fluorescent opal under natural light (left) and black light (right)
(Click either view to enlarge)

Cut/polished opals and jewelry

The gift shop specializes in spectacular wire-wrap jewelry. Some of it is made by Jake Anderson, a fourth-generation member of the Wilson family.

Click on the images below for a pop-up slideshow of jewelry items representative of what's available in the Royal Peacock gift shop

NOTE: There is no cell phone service from the Mine. However, we do have a payphone, located outside the Gift Shop/Office.

Opal: Nevada's State Gem

In 1987, Harry and Joy Wilson took some specimens from their mine to Nevada's state capital in Carson City. There, they met with Paul Iverson, Deputy Director of the Nevada Division of Minerals. They also set up an exhibit in the capitol building.

The opals were a hit! The legislature passed NRS 235.100, making Virgin Valley black fire opal the "state precious gemstone."

And, they asked the Wilsons to leave the opals on display for several months.

Come Prepared!

Closest full-service groceries
Lakeview, Ore... 100 miles
Winnemucca, Nev... 140 miles
Closest gas & diesel
Fields, Ore... 55 miles
Closest propane
Fields, Ore... 55 miles

Tool Rentals

If you need more tools than you brought, our Gift Shop offers a LIMITED QUANTITY of the following tools for rent:

Item Day rate
Picks $5
Shovels $2
Rakes $2
Screens $10

Note: Our rental picks are not Estwing models. However, we do offer Estwing picks for sale in our gift shop. There are two types of Estwing picks. One is a small rock pick and the other Estwing is a long-handled pick. Both are important in bank and tailings.