Bacon Opal (AKA Candy Strip Opal)

December 14, 2008 12:01 am Published by 3 Comments

Hydrated Silicon Dioxide (SiO2·nH2O), your mineraloid beauty has fascinated scientists and the public alike for eons. From the western United States to the Australian Outback, opals have been discovered and cherished for their “wonderful rainbow play of colors (opalescence)”. Used as the basis for jewelry, lampshades, or just a raw rock, opal is near and dear to the hearts of many.

We’re here today to introduce you to a type of opal that is sure to spark the interest of meat candy lovers around the globe — the Bacon Opal. That’s right, Mother Nature has provide bacon enthusiasts like us a precious gem of our own. Just look at the bacony luster in the photos below.

Need a bacon opal to call your own? Check out eBay. There are usually quite a few bacon opal items for sale. Be careful though, it seems the majority of bacon opal jewelry has to be ordered from international sources.

If anyone knows of bacon opal products available from suppliers in the United States, please let us know. Oh, and just for clarification we’re not talking about Opal the Pig…although she is cute.


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  • Fuzzy Izmit says:

    Here is a bacon opal…. I think it is from the USA, but I am not 100% sure!
    http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_list_1&listing_id=14882591

  • Mr. B. says:

    Thanks for the link Fuzzy. Now I know what I’m asking for for the holidays 🙂

  • Aggie says:

    I know the people who own the mine. The mine is near Milford Utah. It’s mineral name is hyalite. It is formed in seems, in a small area less than a 2000 square yards of space. It also is called Satin Flash Opal when cut with the grain as opposed to agains the grain where it looks like slabs of bacon. The man who has the rights to the mine is listed as carver2 on ebay. The mine is private, but rock groups ignore it and encourage people to go in and collect it illegally. Carver2 is a nice person to deal with.

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