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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Valentine's Day sneaks up again, & opal engagement rings are in demand

Fri 12 Feb, 2010

With only three days to go, Valentine's Day seems to have snuck up very quickly. This year we have been inundated with engagement ring enquiries, which is fantastic, but let me just state that here at ODU, we do not wholey endorse the use of opals in engagement rings, purely on the fact that they are a softer stone. With that out of the way, IF you use the right type of opal PLUS a protective be Read more Comment (0)

Happy Australia Day

Wed 27 Jan, 2010

...and what better way to celebrate our national day but with Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal. Approximately 95% of the world's opal supply comes from Australia - and a vast majority of Australians don't know this. So, when lumping all things Australian - football, meat pies, kangaroos and holden cars - don't forget to add the beautiful Opal in there as well. [caption id="attachme Read more Comment (0)

Tell us what you would like to see more of on the website.

Wed 13 Jan, 2010

We're interested to hear your thoughts. After checking through our weekly Google Analytics report, I've noticed that our Bounce rate is up a little higher than normal, yet the visits are still quite consistant, if not busier than normal. Are there items on the website that you just can't find, or would like to see? Let us know. Read more Comment (0)

Opals bad luck? Nonsense!

Thu 31 Dec, 2009

After checking this week's Google Analytics for our website (just to see who's visiting the site, what country has the most interest, what stones people want etc etc.), I noticed something that we get asked quite often in the store, popping up in the searches. Are Opals Bad Luck? I could go into the whole history of this myth, but I will just quickly quote 2 paragraphs from our Learn section on Read more Comment (0)

A collection of some of our newest Black Opals

Sat 19 Dec, 2009

We've had some absolutely stunning Black Opals arrive in store in the last month, and if you haven't checked them out yet, here they are in a collective group. [caption id="attachment_134" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Beautiful Black Opal"]Beautiful Black OpalRead more Comment (0)

Seasons Greetings from Opals Down Under

Sat 19 Dec, 2009

Wow, this year has gone fast. We've seen some interesting things happen in the world of Opal this year, with the GFC threatening to slow things down (it didn't), new fields proposed to be opening (they still haven't), and a new technology developed to grade Opal on a more universal basis. A former Opal Bash winner became Australia's entrant in the Miss Universe pagent, and here in the store we h Read more Comment (0)

New technology for grading Opal

Fri 20 Nov, 2009

There has been news lately of a development from the CSIRO and O.P.A.L. Read more Comment (1)

Start your orders now for Christmas

Wed 4 Nov, 2009

Keeping in mind that the Christmas Postal rush can cause some delays, this month is the time to start looking at placing your international orders. Delivery delays are sometimes an extra few days. We will be getting some new stock up on the website in the next week, all under the AU$1,000 range, so there should be something for everyone. Read more Comment (1)

Opal Sale ends this Saturday

Sat 31 Oct, 2009

It's been a great month for bargains, but unfortunately October Opal month has to come to an end some time. So there are just a few days left to get and purchase one of our items listed online for a great price. On Sunday, the prices will go back to normal. Not to worry though, as we will have another sale most likely mid-next year, so stay tuned. Read more Comment (0)

Bid on the Heart of Hope Pendant this Saturday (Sunshine Coast only)

Wed 21 Oct, 2009

Tying in with Hot91.1's Pinktober campaign, which is raising funds and awareness for the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Foundation, and we have decided to provide people the chance to own one of the popular Heart of Hope pendants that are raffled off at the fashion@thewinebar held once a month. This pendant though, is a little different to the others, as it Read more Comment (0)