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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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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Another different, modern take on Opal

Mon 18 Jul, 2011

The time has come for a sneak preview of a new range we will be unleashing in the coming months.

A result from some serious brainstorming and obversations, this range of rings and pendants features different varieties of Australian Opal, complemented by stones like Topaz, Sapphires and Pearls set in Sterling Silver and oxidised Silver highlights.

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More news on new opal grading system

Fri 24 Jun, 2011

A little while back we mentioned there was talk of bringing a unified method of classifying opals into the industry.

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A word of advice on certain Opal Rings

Tue 12 Apr, 2011

We've been getting some emails lately about a certain type of opal ring, that despite the recommendations and advice we give, people seem to want to go ahead with using them still.

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Now trialing some Seriously Twisted stuff

Sat 19 Mar, 2011

Here at Opals Down Under, we like to explore new avenues and new trends.

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