Walt Wilson and the Gingko Log
Pictured: Walt Wilson and the 130-pound "Gingko Log," one of the largest opals ever found

More than a quarter of a million carats of precious fire opals have been extracted from the Royal Peacock mines in the past twenty five years. Some of the better-known stones are listed below.

  • In 1970 the "ROYAL PEACOCK", a fifty-ounce black precious opal was found in the Royal Peacock #1 mine. It was subsequently broken up into several smaller stones:
    • The "LITTLE BLACK PEACOCK, a 20 carat stone. sold for $15,000
    • The "BLACK PEACOCK", a 169 carat stone, was sold for $45,000. It now resides majestically in the Smithsonian Museum. Many smaller stones were cut from the 'leavings'.
  • In 1971 more than $500,000 in precious opals were taken from a fault in the Royal Peacock #2 from less than ten cubic yards of material.
  • In 1976 the rare, unique "PEBBLE GHOST" was taken from the Little Pebble mine. Since that time several 'ghost' opals have been wrested from the Little Pebble mine
  • The Royal Peacock #2 produced the "LITTLE PRINCESS" stone in 1978. This beautiful black opal weighed 205 carats and was valued at more than $50,000.
  • In 1992 the Northern Lights mine produced the "DRAGON'S TOOTH", a unique specimen with red and green fire weighing 52 carats.
  • Also in 1992 the Northern Lights relinquished the "GINKGO LOG", a 130 pound opal - one of the largest opals ever found anywhere in the world. It contained about 30 percent precious opal. Scientists from Brigham Young University determined that the opalized log came from a Ginkgo tree. Hence its name. Modem day Ginkgos are found only in Japan.

Any opals you find will be famous to you. Click any photo below for a look at some happy customer finds.

Click the images below for a slideshow of famous opals from the Royal Peacock. Apologies for the poor photo quality -- a fire destroyed many of our nicer opal portraits.

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Heads or Tails?

Heads or tails?
While the head banks sometimes produce larger specimens, large opals have been found in the tailings that were overlooked by bank diggers, or pushed out with the backhoe.

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.

New Safety Gear Required

Limited Number of Rentals Available
Hard toe shoe covers$5.00/day
Hard hats$5.00/day
Safety glasses$5.00/day