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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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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Follow the Opal Trail

Thu 18 May, 2017

For all you die-hard Australian Opal fans out there, whether trading, cutting, mining, or just pure admirers of it, the Opal Assoociation has made us aware of The Australian Opal Show Circuit - a series of shows (mostly open to the public), that are run from April until August every year.

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Our directional & street sign has been removed

Wed 10 May, 2017

For over a decade we had a big, bright lightbox street sign lighting the way at the beginning of Ballantyne Court (we're #11, so towards the other end of the cul-de-sac). It was a subtle form of advertising, but more so, it directed traffic to us.

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A new Opal Rush in Coober Pedy begins

Wed 22 Mar, 2017

A new opal rush has begun in Coober Pedy (South Australia), where opal miners in the hundreds have gathered to participate in a ballot which will allow them to mine in areas untouched for nearly four decades.

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New Boulder Opal Carving Artpieces

Mon 6 Mar, 2017

Here at Opals Down Under, we embrace the unique along with the traditional.  Opal, bring the unique gem that it is, can often surprise with its formation, particularly in Queensland Boulder Opal, where the seams twist and turn.

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It's Opal Month!

Wed 12 Oct, 2016

This is our month, so let's celebrate!
If you have subscribed to our eNewsletter (in time), you will see we have a special offer on all* of our items listed online (*excluding already discounted pieces). So now's the time to grab that special order for the October-born person in your life, or stock up for Christmas... or hey, treat yourself.

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Advice on Opal Engagement Rings

Mon 8 Aug, 2016

Opal Engagement rings have had a surge in popularity in recent years. Whether it is down to a reaction against diamonds,  celebrating your partner's Australian heritage, or just wanting something unique, people are choosing to use Australian Opal in engagement settings.  

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