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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

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)

Opals bad luck? Nonsense!

Thu 31 Dec, 2009

After checking this week's Google Analytics for our website (just to see who's visiting the site, what country has the most interest, what stones people want etc etc.), I noticed something that we get asked quite often in the store, popping up in the searches. Are Opals Bad Luck? I could go into the whole history of this myth, but I will just quickly quote 2 paragraphs from our Learn section on Read more Comment (0)

A collection of some of our newest Black Opals

Sat 19 Dec, 2009

We've had some absolutely stunning Black Opals arrive in store in the last month, and if you haven't checked them out yet, here they are in a collective group. [caption id="attachment_134" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Beautiful Black Opal"]Beautiful Black OpalRead more Comment (0)

Seasons Greetings from Opals Down Under

Sat 19 Dec, 2009

Wow, this year has gone fast. We've seen some interesting things happen in the world of Opal this year, with the GFC threatening to slow things down (it didn't), new fields proposed to be opening (they still haven't), and a new technology developed to grade Opal on a more universal basis. A former Opal Bash winner became Australia's entrant in the Miss Universe pagent, and here in the store we h Read more Comment (0)