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Opals Down Under News

Opals Down Under News

The latest news from your favourite opal shop.

New Russian Technology being used to find opals

Thu 25 Jun, 2009

Just found this on the ABC News website and found it interesting. "An Australian mining company says it is using Russian technology to make opals easier to find. Midnight Opals says the technology can detect objects up to 500 metres underground compared with about 25 metres using previous methods. Company official Anthony Melonas says it is in partnership with Russian scientists who have develo Read more Comment (0)

Opals in Engagement Rings?

Wed 20 May, 2009

We don't normally endorse it, but in the last 12 months we have had quite an increase in enquiries for opals to be used in engagement rings. The reason why we don't normally support this is due to the softer nature of opal on whole. Read more Comment (4)

The best Cuff Links I've seen...

Sat 9 May, 2009

...are these ones. These have been specially made for a client's wedding (to match the engagement ring which we created). Containing Queensland Boulder Opals (one stone cut in half, from Winton) and set into 18k White Gold, these cuff links are hand made (apart from the mechanism). Not the cheapest pieces of jewellery to make, but very original. Read more Comment (0)

Triplets? Doublets? Solid Opal? Synthetic Opal? Oh my!

Tue 5 May, 2009

So many terminologies which add to the confusion of what opal is. Here at Opals Down Under, we like to not only sell our products (which is the main objective, of course), but to also educate people on opal and the various forms which you see. Read more Comment (0)

Traditional Oval Vs Freeform

Thu 23 Apr, 2009

Many opal enthusiasts, and lovers of opal have and continue to argue over the shape that opal should be. Traditionally, opal is cut into oval shapes, with varying cabochons (low, medium, high domed tops), which most opal is cut into. However, since Boulder Opal has steadily gained in popularity, a lot of new fans of opal are becoming more and more attracted to the freeform shapes that Boulder Op Read more Comment (0)

The Progress of a Boulder Opal Specimen

Fri 3 Apr, 2009

From rough opal to a finished opal artwork. This piece took us roughly 4 to 5 weeks from initial planning, through shaping, polishing, and finishing with the handcrafted wood base. We think it looks fantastic. Click on the link to check it out! Read more Comment (0)

Opals and White Metal

Thu 2 Apr, 2009

We've noticed quite an increase in interest in setting opals in white metals over the last 12 months, but more recently we've been having to frequently re-stock a lot of our Opals set in Sterling Silver. We are aware that White Gold and Sterling Silver are still more highly regarded in fashion circles at the moment than Yellow Gold, but is it also the whole 'financial crisis' that is turning consu Read more Comment (0)

Why aren't more celebrities wearing Opal?

Sat 14 Mar, 2009

Diamonds have been in the limelight for far too long. Yes, large diamonds are beautiful, and certain pieces that feature several carats worth can look stunning, but to be honest, when you've seen one diamond you've seen them all (with the exception of truly unique pieces). We want to see more celebrities embrace Australian Opal.  The problem we face is that the opal industry on a whole is st Read more Comment (0)

Men's Opal Rings are making a comeback

Fri 20 Feb, 2009

With the rising interest in coloured gemstones, Australian Opal is being brought back to men's jewellery. Read more Comment (0)

The best things about Boulder Opal...

Sat 14 Feb, 2009

I have to admit, we are a little biased towards Boulder Opal here at Opals Down Under, and the following are some reasons as to why we think Boulder Opal is tops. 1. Because we are a Queensland-based store, and Queensland is the home of Boulder Opal. 2. Because it's 3. Because of the freeform shapes you get...makes for more interesting jewellery settings. and 4. Read more Comment (0)