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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

An Eye for Beauty (article courtesy of Proflie Magazine)

Thu 11 Nov, 2010

Words – Jessica Jane Sammut

Photography – Ben Stone


Shaping, smoothing, cutting, grinding, polishing, finishing… with patience, with passion, with love, and definitely with a fine eye for beautiful detail.


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Another success

Mon 18 Oct, 2010

We love seeing our stones go to a good home, and even more when the new owners show us what they have done with their new opals.

This particular stone, a stunning Black Opal featuring mouth-watering colours and a very cool Flagstone pattern was sold in mid 2010, with the customer planning to have it set into a protective Men's Ring.

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Opals Down Under support Pinktober

Thu 14 Oct, 2010

October is not only Opal Month, but it is also Pinktober - generating awareness for Breast Cancer and those affected by this terrible disease.

Here at Opals Down Under, we are staunch supporters of the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Foundation, a Sunshine Coast-based charity helping brave women in their fight against Breast Cancer.

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Cutting an interesting piece

Thu 7 Oct, 2010

A little while back, our Opal Cutter was presented with a nice challenge. A miner from Western Queensland brought in a beautiful big chunk of Pipe and Crystal Opal that needed to be observed, cut and polished.

After a bit of head scratching, our Opal Cutter went to work, bit by bit, unleashing a beautiful gem in the process.

So, here is the start...

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Love on the Opal Fields

Mon 6 Sep, 2010

July 2, 2006 - by Angie Kay.

Opals Down Under's sparkling love story started on lonely opal fields but it grew even more precious on the Sunshine Coast.

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Move over Diamonds, Opal Engagement Rings are all the rage

Mon 6 Sep, 2010

It appears that girls may have a new 'best friend', with a surge in popularity in opal engagement rings in recent months showing that young couples want something more unique than diamonds.

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The benefits of a Doublet Opal

Sat 1 May, 2010

Surely, there's no beating the real thing when it comes to Opal, however, those with expensive tastes, but don't have the budgets to match, should seriously consider the alternatives - triplets and DOUBLETS. I choose Doublets out of the two laminates, purely because 1. you get a thicker slice of opal, and 2. Read more Comment (0)

The range in colour from one parcel

Wed 14 Apr, 2010

We recently had a parcel of opal arrive for us, which are now up on the site. It's interesting to see the different ranges in pattern and colour in the stones that were all cut from one host rock. While somewhat similar to a degree, each stone, though a section cut from the original piece, is not like the next. Judge for yourself. Read more Comment (0)

ODU celebrates 25 years in 2010

Sat 20 Feb, 2010

It was waaaay back in 1985 that Immo and Louise Stein started Opals Down Under, just off the Bruce Highway on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Frequented by travellers and opal-lovers, the Opals Down Under name grew, along with its reputation of being one of the premier opal dealers, with Immo Stein regarded as one of the best opal cutters in Australia. 2010 sees ODU celebrate its 25th year, with Read more Comment (0)

A good example of how a good setting can save your opal.

Sat 20 Feb, 2010

Some clients of ours, who have had rings made, had some sad news to report recently, when one of their rings (a man's Boulder Opal ring) was lost while on a shopping trip. Read more Comment (0)