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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Congratulations, Rachael Finch

Fri 24 Apr, 2009

You may be wondering why we're congratulating the new Miss Universe Australia, Rachael Finch. Well, believe it or not, she actually has a tie with opals. Read more Comment (0)

Traditional Oval Vs Freeform

Thu 23 Apr, 2009

Many opal enthusiasts, and lovers of opal have and continue to argue over the shape that opal should be. Traditionally, opal is cut into oval shapes, with varying cabochons (low, medium, high domed tops), which most opal is cut into. However, since Boulder Opal has steadily gained in popularity, a lot of new fans of opal are becoming more and more attracted to the freeform shapes that Boulder Op Read more Comment (0)

Pick of the Week - April 17th

Sat 18 Apr, 2009

This week, I've decided to go with a more modern, contemporary style piece. We have this range of opal in at the moment called 'Black Paradise Opal Matrix' from Winton, in Queensland. Long story short, it's treated matrix opal. This stuff is amazing. You can shape it into basically anything, and the colours on top of the black stone look like galaxies. This piece was done by our jeweller. Read more Comment (4)

van your heart out

Wed 8 Apr, 2009

We all know nature produces some spectacular works of art, from bright orange sunsets, dark raging storms, lush green rainforests etc, so I thought I'd share with you some artwork of nature that's had a little help from us. I call this one, Floral Grass. Read more Comment (0)

The Progress of a Boulder Opal Specimen

Fri 3 Apr, 2009

From rough opal to a finished opal artwork. This piece took us roughly 4 to 5 weeks from initial planning, through shaping, polishing, and finishing with the handcrafted wood base. We think it looks fantastic. Click on the link to check it out! Read more Comment (0)

Opals and White Metal

Thu 2 Apr, 2009

We've noticed quite an increase in interest in setting opals in white metals over the last 12 months, but more recently we've been having to frequently re-stock a lot of our Opals set in Sterling Silver. We are aware that White Gold and Sterling Silver are still more highly regarded in fashion circles at the moment than Yellow Gold, but is it also the whole 'financial crisis' that is turning consu Read more Comment (0)

Pick of the Week - March 27th

Sat 28 Mar, 2009

There's something about this stone that just stands out among all the others in the store. Firstly, it's a Black Crystal Opal, not a Black Opal, but with that stunning bright red-orange flash of fire in it, who would care? The colours in this stone are so vibrant, they're almost 'wet' looking. Yes, it's a very juicey stone. Read more Comment (0)

Pick of the Week - March 20th

Sat 21 Mar, 2009

Pick of the Week this week goes to a little stone that packs a big colourful punch. We've had this stone for a little while now, but the colours and it's pattern still astound me. It's not over the top, but still very bold. Read more Comment (0)

Fiddle Dee Dee, Opals Down Under celebrates St Patrick's Day

Wed 18 Mar, 2009

Not exactly Irish, we know, but we thought we'd still get into the St Patick's Day spirit by showing off some of the greenest of green opals we have at the moment. Read more Comment (0)