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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

Lower Aussie $ equals bigger bargains for international customers!

Thu 20 May, 2010

With the Australian dollar now below US90 cents (at the time of writing, it was around US 86 cents), we haven't seen the Australian dollar this low since mid-way through last year. What this means for our online international customers is that you get a bigger bargain with the currency conversion (except for the Euros... Read more Comment (0)

There's a change in the air...

Thu 13 May, 2010

Yes, it is our 25th birthday this year, and we though a great way to celebrate would be to have a little facelift. Read more Comment (0)

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)

Opals Down Under now on Facebook

Thu 25 Mar, 2010

That's right. 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)

Valentine's Day sneaks up again, & opal engagement rings are in demand

Fri 12 Feb, 2010

With only three days to go, Valentine's Day seems to have snuck up very quickly. This year we have been inundated with engagement ring enquiries, which is fantastic, but let me just state that here at ODU, we do not wholey endorse the use of opals in engagement rings, purely on the fact that they are a softer stone. With that out of the way, IF you use the right type of opal PLUS a protective be Read more Comment (0)

Happy Australia Day

Wed 27 Jan, 2010

...and what better way to celebrate our national day but with Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal. Approximately 95% of the world's opal supply comes from Australia - and a vast majority of Australians don't know this. So, when lumping all things Australian - football, meat pies, kangaroos and holden cars - don't forget to add the beautiful Opal in there as well. [caption id="attachme Read more Comment (0)

Tell us what you would like to see more of on the website.

Wed 13 Jan, 2010

We're interested to hear your thoughts. After checking through our weekly Google Analytics report, I've noticed that our Bounce rate is up a little higher than normal, yet the visits are still quite consistant, if not busier than normal. Are there items on the website that you just can't find, or would like to see? Let us know. Read more Comment (0)