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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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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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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