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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

A little help on opal settings

Tue 7 May, 2013

 

Every day we have people come into the store, ring us up, or email us with questions on the limitations of setting opal, and what can and can’t be done.

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Friendly forces come together for great cause

Thu 21 Feb, 2013

Hinterland business, Opals Down Under (ODU) joined forces with charity group Friends of Ebenezer on Saturday February 9 for a Twilight Fundraiser on ODU’s Glenview premises, raising much-needed funds to help children in Zambia, one of the countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

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Opal inlays?

Thu 21 Feb, 2013

If you've been researching opal rings, then no doubt you would have come across a very stylish, sleek-looking type of ring - the Inlay Ring.

They look amazing, we cannot dispute this, however, we would like to point out that lately in the workshop, it seems that they are the only items we've been having to repair.

Not from our own stock, mind you.

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ODU's Twilight Fundraiser - in aid of Friends of Ebenezer

Wed 9 Jan, 2013

Opals Down Under will be playing host when they launch the event, Twilight Fundraiser on February 9th, 2013 on our Ballantyne Court premises in Glenview (Qld).

The event, in aid of Friends of Ebenezer (Helping children in Africa) will be held from 5pm.

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The Never-ending Battle - Natural Opal vs Synthetic

Thu 22 Nov, 2012

Here at Opals Down Under, we do often see customers come in wanting 'real' Australian Opal, nothing synthetic.  Occasionally, they have confused Triplets and Doublets (which contain slivers of solid opal) with lab-created opal.

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A series of transformations

Thu 19 Jul, 2012

We decided to put together some examples of transformations from loose stone, to sketch/design, to the finished product to show you the process we go through.

The opals are positioned and set to show off their best colour and pattern configuration.

Feel inspired? You can always email us at opals@opalsdownunder.com.au to help you design your next setting.

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Experimenting with new settings

Thu 12 Apr, 2012

You may have noticed over the last 12 months that we here at Opals Down Under have been experimenting with new settings in the Sterling Silver range.  Utilising a mix of Boulder, Black, and Crystal Opals in very modern, unusual settings, these pieces have been very popular.  

We've had more new pieces just come through to us, most of which are on our website currently.

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Custom settings Vs Ready made - which is best for you?

Thu 8 Mar, 2012

It is a common hurdle faced by consumers - do you 'settle' for an item you see already in stock, or do you dare to be brave and have something designed especially for you?

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We love the secrets discovered when cutting opal

Sat 30 Jul, 2011

Our fearless leaders recently returned from a month-long stint out west following the Gem and Opal shows, and amongst the treasures they brought back with them was this little beauty that we've had cut into 2 pieces, then split both pieces.

As you can see from the photos, the colours revealed, even in their raw form, are spectacular.

Not a bad find at all.

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