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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)

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)

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)

New technology for grading Opal

Fri 20 Nov, 2009

There has been news lately of a development from the CSIRO and O.P.A.L. Read more Comment (1)

Opal needs an ambassador...

Wed 14 Oct, 2009

After reading an article on the Diamond Guild of Australia's newest ambassador, the beautiful Jessica Marais (from TV's Packed to the Rafters, Legend of the Seeker, and Australian film Two Fists One Heart), the topic once again has been raised - why hasn't Australian Opal got themselves an ambassador for Australia's National Gemstone? Someone like current Miss Universe Australia, Rachel Finch (wh Read more Comment (2)

Life ain't easy in Lightning Ridge

Tue 13 Oct, 2009

The following article, Scant comfort at heartache Ridge by DEBRA JOPSON, on October 11, 2009, was source from the Brisbane Times website (www.brisbanetimes.com.au) AT THE age of 76, Mijo Matanovic lives by kerosene and battery light because he can no longer hand-crank his electricity generator. His house in the dusty mining claim Old Nobby's Camp has no running water. Read more Comment (0)

ODU - Retail Business of the Year - Caloundra City Business Awards

Tue 8 Sep, 2009

For the second year in a row, Opals Down Under have been named Retail Business of the Year at the Caloundra City Business Awards last Friday (Sept 4th) night. As we all know, the world has been facing some strange economic times over the last 12 to 18 months, and for a business specialising in a very niche market to not only stay afloat, but also exceed on the expectations of the previous year is Read more Comment (1)

Nicest pair of Boulder Opal Earrings we've seen in a while...

Tue 1 Sep, 2009

Without a doubt. This was a custom-made order for a frequent and great customer of ours, and our jeweller, ourselves, and the customer were so happy with how they turned out that we thought we'd share them with you all. It started with a pair of Boulder Opals cut from the one stone - Solid Boulde			<a href=Read more Comment (1)

The Battle for Barfield on the 7.30 report.

Sat 1 Aug, 2009

This article courtesy of the ABC might help you understand the whole battle between the NSW Farmer's Association and the miners of Lightning Ridge. Sourced from http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07/30/2641254.htm?section=justin Opal fever: Lightning Ridge battle heats up By Paul Lockyer for The 7.30 Report 7.30 Report | abc.net.au/7.30 Posted Thu Jul 30, 2009 4:02pm AEST Updated Thu Jul Read more Comment (0)