We can evaluate or appraise your Virgin Valley Opals from Nevada

We will need to see photos of the cut or rough opal with weight and measurements, and know whether it is wet or dry.  We can appraise both rough specimens, dry cutting rough, wet specimens, dry specimens, and everything else from the Valley including conk, wood-opal and opalized wood combination specimens and gems.  There are a number  of factors involved.  We can appraise in person at Watertown South Dakota and/or when we are at the mines in Virgin Valley, Nevada, and for important pieces that you are selling we can either travel to you or accept pieces on consignment via registered insured mail.  CONTACT US for more details. Please note that it is difficult to assess a stone accurately only via a photograph so we may request video in different lighting conditions including natural daylight and only stones appraised in person can be certified by us.  Qualifications?  We are EXPERTS on Virgin Valley Nevada Opals and have been mining opal in Nevada for decades and collecting/cutting worldwide opals for even longer.  We have seen most of the private collections in the USA as well as museum collections across the country and in Europe, so we have the best knowledge out of anyone out there!  Our evaluations have helped several prominent collectors as well as one major auction house.  My appraisal/evaluation of Virgin Valley Opals are for stone/s ONLY, not the metal or a piece of jewelry...  If you have jewelry with a set opal I will evaluate the stone.   With our large number of connections, collectors, and dealers, we can also accept and sell your opals on consignment and get you the best price and value for your Virgin Valley opal if you should need or decide to sell.  A signed contract would be needed for consignment.  Thanks!

It is important to note that Opal is one of the most difficult gemstones to evaluate.  The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) does not even grade opals.  It is an art, and it comes down to experience, handling large amounts of opals (from all worldwide sources, not just Virgin Valley) and all grades of stones, high to low.  


Home of the world-famousVirgin Valley Black Fire Opal & source of the world's finest Opal Specimens and opal collector gems.
 Several mines are open to rockhounds for fee digging of  precious black, crystal, fire, and other opal types. Opal Gem Mines & Mining Claims for sale.  Links to the Royal Peacock, Rainbow Ridge and Bonanza Opal Mines Fee Digs with information on the Virgin Valley Opal and Mines.  DOMINION OPAL MINES  is a private group of claims and mines which is not open to the public but I provide limited info on the public opal mines and fee digs.  There are opal mines and mining claims for sale in Virgin Valley, Nevada, HERE and HERE.  Glass Display Domes with Stoppers for displaying wet opals are for sale HERE.  There are some Virgin Valley Opals for sale HERE with links to more sellers.  For more detailed information on Virgin Valley Opal you can visit THIS SITE.

Dominion Opal Mines of Virgin Valley Nevada