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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Insect trapped in Opal has Gemologists intrigued

Tue 5 Feb, 2019

Gemologists are speculating after a rare opal which contains an entombed insect was sourced from the Indonesian Island of Java. 

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Thank you for another amazing year!

Wed 2 Jan, 2019

From all the staff here at Opals Down Under, we'd like to thank our customers and opal-enthusiasts for another fantastic year! 

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Christmas Online Order Deadline 2018

Mon 29 Oct, 2018

Wow, this year has gone fast! It’s already time to start finalising your online orders with us, to ensure that they will arrive in time for Christmas.

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Classification System for Opal could be revised

Wed 10 Oct, 2018

Australia has long been the largest supplier of precious opal in the world, but with the last decade seeing an influx of hyrdophane opal from Ethiopia, this could be pushing the need to review the classification system for opal.

 

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Update on the fate of SA Opal Town, Mintabie

Tue 21 Aug, 2018

Earlier this year, there was news that the South Australian opal-mining town of Mintabie would be closed by the South Australian Government, possibly due to a report stating numerous incidents within the township (which were brought to the attention of the police).

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Opals take Gold at Commonwealth Games

Tue 17 Apr, 2018

Opals take Gold at Commonwealth Games!

All of us here at Opals Down Under are ecstatic at the recent win by Australian Women’s Basketball team, the Opals, taking home the Gold at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Despite having to play more than half the game without Australian star, Liz Cambage, the Opals still remained dominant against the English team.

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Opals and Kintsugi Art

Tue 6 Feb, 2018

Recently, we had the pleasure of working with US-based artists, Lakeside Pottery (Patty and Morty), who purchased two of our Queensland Boulder Opals to be inset into a custom Kintsugi vase.

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New Royals continue love affair with Australian Opals

Tue 28 Nov, 2017

With the (very) recent announcement of the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, after a small amount of research, it has been noticed that the future Duchess had chosen to wear White Opal Earrings, in a very classic style.

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Christmas Online Order Deadlines

Mon 6 Nov, 2017

Wow, this year has gone fast! It’s already time to start finalising your online orders with us, to ensure that they will arrive in time for Christmas.

Please see below recommended deadlines for Domestic (within Australia) and International orders in order for you to receive your, well, order in time.

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Monarch Opal

Tue 26 Sep, 2017

There’s a ‘new’ form of synthetic opal circulating now, and some could be easily fooled with its apparent ‘potch’ lines.

Monarch Opal has begun appearing on quite a few online sites, with retailers selling it as Monarch Opal, but without mention of it being natural, synthetic or man-made. This is a problem, no doubt.

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