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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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)

Why aren't more celebrities wearing Opal?

Sat 14 Mar, 2009

Diamonds have been in the limelight for far too long. Yes, large diamonds are beautiful, and certain pieces that feature several carats worth can look stunning, but to be honest, when you've seen one diamond you've seen them all (with the exception of truly unique pieces). We want to see more celebrities embrace Australian Opal.  The problem we face is that the opal industry on a whole is st Read more Comment (0)

Heart of Black

Fri 13 Mar, 2009

Here at Opals Down Under, we've noticed that one particular style of pendant that we do a few times a year has generated some interest. This time around, however, we've decided to use the Black Paradise Matrix Opal that we have used in our Sliders range into the popular, handmade h Read more Comment (0)

It's raining opals?!

Wed 11 Mar, 2009

With cyclone Hamish bouncing off the coast of Queensland at the moment, it has provided for strange weather conditions, but even stranger still, we've seen people's opal addictions go into overdrive lately. Maybe they see that gemstones (particularly coloured gemstones) are a more stable investment than stock at the moment, maybe there's something happening in the fashion world that we're yet to Read more Comment (0)

Opal as art????

Fri 20 Feb, 2009

We here at Opals Down Under tend to be a creative bunch. Read more Comment (2)

Men's Opal Rings are making a comeback

Fri 20 Feb, 2009

With the rising interest in coloured gemstones, Australian Opal is being brought back to men's jewellery. Read more Comment (0)