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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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)

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)

Opal needs an ambassador...

Wed 14 Oct, 2009

After reading an article on the Diamond Guild of Australia's newest ambassador, the beautiful Jessica Marais (from TV's Packed to the Rafters, Legend of the Seeker, and Australian film Two Fists One Heart), the topic once again has been raised - why hasn't Australian Opal got themselves an ambassador for Australia's National Gemstone? Someone like current Miss Universe Australia, Rachel Finch (wh Read more Comment (2)

Life ain't easy in Lightning Ridge

Tue 13 Oct, 2009

The following article, Scant comfort at heartache Ridge by DEBRA JOPSON, on October 11, 2009, was source from the Brisbane Times website ( AT THE age of 76, Mijo Matanovic lives by kerosene and battery light because he can no longer hand-crank his electricity generator. His house in the dusty mining claim Old Nobby's Camp has no running water. Read more Comment (0)

ODU - Retail Business of the Year - Caloundra City Business Awards

Tue 8 Sep, 2009

For the second year in a row, Opals Down Under have been named Retail Business of the Year at the Caloundra City Business Awards last Friday (Sept 4th) night. As we all know, the world has been facing some strange economic times over the last 12 to 18 months, and for a business specialising in a very niche market to not only stay afloat, but also exceed on the expectations of the previous year is Read more Comment (1)

Nicest pair of Boulder Opal Earrings we've seen in a while...

Tue 1 Sep, 2009

Without a doubt. This was a custom-made order for a frequent and great customer of ours, and our jeweller, ourselves, and the customer were so happy with how they turned out that we thought we'd share them with you all. It started with a pair of Boulder Opals cut from the one stone - Solid Boulde			<a href=Read more Comment (1)

The Battle for Barfield on the 7.30 report.

Sat 1 Aug, 2009

This article courtesy of the ABC might help you understand the whole battle between the NSW Farmer's Association and the miners of Lightning Ridge. Sourced from Opal fever: Lightning Ridge battle heats up By Paul Lockyer for The 7.30 Report 7.30 Report | Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:02pm AEST Updated Thu Jul Read more Comment (0)

What's it like in Lightning Ridge?

Thu 30 Jul, 2009

We found this article, by Craig Tansley to be very interesting. Sourced from Finding fortune at Lightning Ridge By CRAIG TANSLEY - SMH 'We don't do surnames around here, mate." I might have expected this from the big blokes at the local watering hole in Lightning Ridge and perhaps the two old miners I spoke to ou Read more Comment (0)

Opal miners shy away from land releases

Sat 4 Jul, 2009

(Sourced from on July 3, 2009) There has been a dramatic drop in the number of people applying for new opal mining land at Lightning Ridge. Ballots for 12 areas opened last Friday and so far there have only been about 40 applicants for each plot. This is compared to hundreds of bids per ballot the last time new land wa Read more Comment (0)

Call on freeze for opal leases

Wed 1 Jul, 2009

(Sourced from on June 30, 2009) Farmers are lobbying the NSW Government to hold off releasing any more opal prospecting blocks near Lightning Ridge in the state's north-west. The NSW Farmers Association wants a freeze on prospecting releases until landholders' concerns have been addressed. Chair of the association's conservation and r Read more Comment (0)