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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Australian Opal Centre given green light after securing Federal Government funding

Fri 5 Apr, 2019

The $34 million dollar Australian Opal Centre project has been given the go-ahead, with the Federal Government committing $9.5 million towards stage one of the Lightning Ridge-based centre.

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Things to consider when buying an opal engagement ring

Mon 1 Apr, 2019

The fascination with Opal Engagement Rings has been steadily on the rise in the past 5 or so years, particularly with the popularity of sharing platforms such as Pinterest becoming a virtual wish list of all things pretty, unique and tempting.

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Why we photograph on White Backgrounds

Tue 19 Mar, 2019

We have noticed the trend of photographing opal, in particular, light opal on black backgrounds, as well as being asked by clients and some suppliers as to why we don't use said technique.

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Southbound exit to ODU changed

Thu 14 Mar, 2019

For customers visiting our physical store at 11 Ballantyne Court, Glenview, you would notice the highway upgrade that we've been enduring for the past few years (and more to come).  

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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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