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 Jenni Brammall looks into a disused opal mine outside Lightning Ridge. Jenni is a palaeontologist, gemmologist and also manager of the Australian Opal Centre. Jenni is a key driving force behin the centre's push to raise funds to build a new state of the art building for their unique collection in Lightning Ridge. Conor Ashleigh for The New York Times.

Jenni Brammall looks into a disused opal mine outside Lightning Ridge. Jenni is a palaeontologist, gemmologist and also manager of the Australian Opal Centre. Jenni is a key driving force behin the centre's push to raise funds to build a new state of the art building for their unique collection in Lightning Ridge. Conor Ashleigh for The New York Times.