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Opals Down Under News

Deadline for 2014 Custom Settings

Tue 28 Oct, 2014

We love helping you create Custom Settings for that special someone (or even yourself), but just remember for Christmas deadlines, settings take between 2 to 3 weeks to complete, so for local orders the deadline will be December 5.
International orders for Custom Settings will be the last week of November.

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We love Custom designs

Thu 4 Sep, 2014

Yes, we're just showing off now...

This ring was designed and created for a client recently, and it features a gorgeous Black Opal in White Gold, with 19 Diamonds.

We love the assymetry of this design.  What do you think? Click here to see this custom ring.

Click here to see this stunning custom ring.

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Using Opal in Men's Rings

Thu 4 Sep, 2014

Here at ODU, we are always creating amazing custom settings for our clients; breathtaking pendants, earrings, dress rings, and of course, Engagement Rings, all featuring stunning Australian Opal cut here, on site.

One of the comments we do hear from time to time is 'Where are your Men's rings?'.

Good question.  

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Our New Display Case Is Impressive

Fri 11 Jul, 2014

We've had it for a few months now, but we still find it impressive...

Our new display area for amazing specimens we've collected, including Ammolite, different types of Amethyst, Citrine, Malachite, Lapis, Snow Quartz, Pyrite, Rainbow Hematite, and stacks of fossils.

See? We're not just all about opals here (even though they are our favourite).

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Signs that Opal Market is improving locally and internationally

Fri 13 Jun, 2014

Good news for the opal industry – it would seem that demand for Australian Opal is on the rise, both locally and internationally.

There has been a noted increase in opal buyer visits to Lightning Ridge (NSW), and reports that both exploration and mining activity is gaining momentum in the Black Opal fields too.

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New Opal Discovered in Australia

Tue 6 May, 2014

It's always interesting to hear of new opal discoveries, but even more-so when the discovery is local. A new opal field has been discovered in Western Australia, which produces a fire opal which is similar to that of Mexican Opal.

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Easter/ANZAC Trading hours

Thu 24 Apr, 2014

Just letting our customers know that the trading hours for Opals Down Under during the Easter/ANZAC period are as follows - 

Good Friday - Closed
Easter Saturday - Open
Easter Sunday - Open
Easter Monday - Open
ANZAC Day (Friday) - Open from 1pm.

Thank you,

ODU Team

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Opals feature at the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards

Tue 8 Apr, 2014

It was great to see Opals feature heavily at this years AGTA (American Gem Trade Assoction) Spectrum Awards.  This annual competition draws attention to the best designs using naturally coloured gemstones and cultured pearls.

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Now stocking Renee Blackwell's line of handcrafted silver jewellery

Tue 4 Feb, 2014

Believe. Design. Create.  These are the words that jeweller Renee Blackwell adheres to when building her amazing pieces of jewellery.

Opals Down Under are proud to stock Renee's range of Pendants and Earrings in Sterling Silver, all featuring unique vintage and antique buttons from around the world.

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Fire Opal - a confusing terminology

Thu 23 Jan, 2014

Fire Opal.

It is a term that is quite commonly used and heard in our store. Not by the staff, mind you.
The meaning of Fire Opal is often confusing, with each customer having different perspectives. Is it only referring to red tones? Isn’t it to do with brightness? Australian Opal is Fire Opal, right?

So let’s clear a few things up –

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