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Opals Down Under News

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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New limited edition Agate jewellery

Wed 16 Oct, 2013

Our tagline at Opals Down Under is Take Another Look. Why?  Because we're always urging people to not only see what we see in Australian Opal, but also to change the perception that we're just about Opals at our store.
Because, despite our name and love for opal, we do often have other fantastic, amazing pieces in our store.

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Hollywood's Paying Attention After all

Wed 19 Jun, 2013

A few years back, we did an article on why aren't there more celebrities wearing/endorsing Opal (in particular Australian Opal).

We've noticed a little change in attitude from the stars, and it would appear there are some clever, well-respected jewellers with the right connections, supplying famous women with amazing opal pieces, particularly to show off on the red carpet.

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