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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Pick of the Week - May 5

Sat 9 May, 2009

Our fearless leaders (re: owners of Opals Down Under, Immo and Louise Stein) returned this week from a stint out west buying up parcels of rough Boulder Opal from Koroit and Quilpie. Once back home, they've bought it in to be cut and polished, and we've had some awesome stones turn out. This week's pick is one of the first of that parcel that I've had the chance to put up on the site (ID #201144 Read more Comment (0)

The best Cuff Links I've seen...

Sat 9 May, 2009

...are these ones. These have been specially made for a client's wedding (to match the engagement ring which we created). Containing Queensland Boulder Opals (one stone cut in half, from Winton) and set into 18k White Gold, these cuff links are hand made (apart from the mechanism). Not the cheapest pieces of jewellery to make, but very original. Read more Comment (0)

Triplets? Doublets? Solid Opal? Synthetic Opal? Oh my!

Tue 5 May, 2009

So many terminologies which add to the confusion of what opal is. Here at Opals Down Under, we like to not only sell our products (which is the main objective, of course), but to also educate people on opal and the various forms which you see. Read more Comment (0)

Another Opal Art piece...

Tue 5 May, 2009

We've had some specimen material to work on lately, so thought we'd film the progress - from Rough specimen, to finished art piece. It is a Queensland Boulder Opal specimen, from Winton. Read more Comment (0)

Pick of the Week - April 30th

Fri 1 May, 2009

I'll keep this one short and sweet. I love this stone. I have to admit, we are a little biased towards Boulder Opal here at Opals Down Under, but come on, look at the colours in this stone. Read more Comment (0)

Some of our favourite opals...

Tue 28 Apr, 2009

We thought we'd share some of our favourite opals (that we have in store) with you. Read more Comment (0)

Now's the time to buy opals for Mother's Day

Sat 25 Apr, 2009

Forget the slippers and fluffly dressing gowns, get your mum some opals this year. We do have a variety of opals and opal jeweller available in different price ranges, so we accommodate for everyone. Personal picks this year would be pendants. [caption id="attachment_84" align="aligncenter" width="273" caption="Solid Crystal Opal Yellow Gold Pendant - AU$395 inc GST"]Read more Comment (0)

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)