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Slovak opal mines

Technical Herritage

Beautiful opal mines in eastern Slovakia are admired in the whole world and now the mines became a valuable technical monument.

In the territory of mountains Slanské vrchy between village called Zlatá Baňa and village called Červenica are the famous Slovak opal mines. Opals from Slovak opal mines are highly appreciated in the world markets for their unique characteristics. Their asset is what is referred to as opalescence that means the perfect play of colours.

The mines in Slovakia lived their best times between 1845 and 1880, when run by the jeweller from Vienna – Solomon Goldschmidt and his heirs. The Goldschmidts succeeded in introducing the opals to the world markets what won them the corresponding fame.

Harlequin is the biggest Slovakia opal in the world. It was found in 1775 in the bed of the brook Oľšavka. It is 13 cm long and it weighs 594 g (2,970 carats ). It is one of most precious exhibits of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna where it is lies in a shielded box. Its price is estimated at a half million USD.

Opal mines were known throughout the world since the late 16th century. The precious opal mined in Slovakia opal mines was very popular with members of the family of the emperor Napoleon. Empress Josephine wore the most famous Precious opal called- Trojan Fire opal.

The biggest opal called Harlequin opal was found in 1775 at the bottom of the stream in the village Červenica. Harlequin weight 594 g and evaluated for 700,000 Dutch guilders. Today is stored in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. It is possible, that opal in was mined in that area during the Roman period.

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Slovak opal mines

Slovak opal mines

Several cooperatives seeking commercial utilization of the location emerged after 1989. Opálové bane Libanka, s.r.o. was founded in Prešov on May 19th, 2010. The company received authorization to mine opal in MS Červenica in May 2012, after which surface mining on tailings pile Viliam in October 2012 called Monika. More than 90 years after the last mining operation of the last mining renter, the French consortium Bittner-Belangenay. A permanent exhibition of Slovak Opal focusing on the history and present of the opal mines was opened in the Regional museum in Prešov. The exhibition is available to the public since 6th of June 2016. The underground of Slovak Opal Mines is open to public since July 1st 2015 through tunnel Jozef, the mine can be visited around the year. On October 11th 2016 the Industrial Property Office of Slovak Republic issued a certificate of Designations of origin for products and geographical indications for products. This certificate was registered by WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) on November 10th 2016 under the registration number 1061.

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