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Winners of the Boulder Opal Club July Draw

Winners of the Boulder Opal Club July Draw

 The July draw of the Boulder Opal Club AU$100 shopping voucher took part last week (August 1) on location at Quilpie, the home of Queensland Boulder Opal.See the live draw here:Entrants who did not win this time go into the August draw so don’t give up, there’s a...

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Jim Wins the Boulder Opal Club June Draw

Jim Wins the Boulder Opal Club June Draw

We had a lot of fun last week at the first-ever Boulder Opal Club draw.Twenty-five entries – we could hardly believe it.Jim from the United States was the lucky winner and was very happy!JIM on 07 Jul 2020 5 out of 5 stars    Opal Art Global 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!See...

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Launch of the Boulder Opal Club

Launch of the Boulder Opal Club

Announcing the launch ofThis month we’re really excited about launching the Boulder Opal Club (BOC).The BOC is an incentive scheme and reward program rolled up in one.It’s free to join and when you do you receive:5% discount store wideAn AU$20 gift voucherA free...

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Photographing the Australian Boulder Opal Jewelry

Photographing the Australian Boulder Opal Jewelry

You’re gunna love it… but be sure to tell us if you don’t! Customer satisfaction means everything to us when it comes to selling our Australian Boulder Opal Jewellery. At Opal Art Global we know how hard it is to shop for opal from digital images. OPAL, above all...

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Boulder Opal Buying Guide

Boulder Opal Buying Guide

Download the 9 step buying guide for boulder opal for free!When we first started to write this eBook, 9 step buying guide for Boulder Opal, we thought we’d just write about the usual topics, solids doublets, triplets, that sort of thing, nothing too deep. But then...

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We now accept Afterpay

We now accept Afterpay

Happy New Year from all of us here at Opal Art Global!We have big plans to upgrade the store as a prestige shopping site this year so we’re already working had on getting some nice stock together.The other big news is that we now accept Afterpay on the...

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Winton Opal Show 2020

Winton Opal Show 2020

 Winton Opal Show 2020 Sadly, the Winton Opal Show in July has been cancelled due to issues surrounding the pandemic, but all is not lost.The Queensland Boulder Opal Association is just waiting for final approval from the Winton Shire Council to hold the show on...

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Down but not out!

Down but not out!

 Down but not out! With lockdown over, the Australian Outback is open for business – tourism and opal!I have it on good authority that the 2020 sales days in Winton (July 10/11) will go ahead albeit on a smaller scale.The first opal auctions were held in the Royal...

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Australian Boulder Opal Rock

Australian Boulder Opal Rock

Let’s talk rough!   Let me first state that there is no bad language contained within. The term rough in this article refers to raw, unprocessed opal bearing rock which is mined in Western Queensland, Australia …… where once there was an inland sea, conifer...

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Kids Love Boulder Opal Rocks

Kids Love Boulder Opal Rocks

Kids love rocks If I had a dollar for every time a child said to me “I love rocks,” I’d be a millionaire You see, we used to sell at an open-air market every weekend before Corona and families would file past and admire the table of rocks we had on display out front....

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Opal Festivals and Opal Shows 2020 Travel Guide

Opal Festivals and Opal Shows 2020 Travel Guide

The opal show circuit is a great time to visit the opal fields for three key reasons. Firstly, because it’s best time to catch a lot of miners from one area in the same place at the same time. If one is on the hunt for opal outside the show season, they must a) find a...

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Visit Opalton and dig of opal

Visit Opalton and dig of opal

We recently had the good fortune to visit the historical township of Opalton in Central Western Queensland. Opalton was founded in 1888 and in just a few years boasted a population of six hundred people all involved in some way in the opal industry. Unfortunately, a...

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From the Work Shop

Valuing and pricing unset opal gemstone

Valuing and pricing unset opal gemstone

Valuing and pricing unset opal gemstone     People often ask us how opal is valued alluding to the fact that every opal is different. The fact that no two opals are the same make opal a unique gemstone, but this uniqueness of piece makes opal an exceedingly...

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Shaping Boulder opal

Shaping Boulder opal

Just to recap, boulder opal is defined by rock (ironstone/sandstone) hosting veins of opal. The object when cutting is to expose the face of the opal vein within the rock.So how do we go about that?Once we have sorted the boulder rough opal into potential cutters it...

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Sorting Boulder Opal

Sorting Boulder Opal

No shortcuts in life There are no shortcuts in life when it comes to handling boulder opal. From the moment we go to the mine, to pick up the opal bearing rocks and load into the 3 x 200 litre (44 gal) drums strapped onto the back of the truck, to the moment we...

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Finishing Boulder Opal

Finishing Boulder Opal

Poly what?It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, a saying that rang true for us when faced with the dilemma of finding a new way to finish the boulder opals we couldn’t finish in the traditional way without losing too much opal from the face and reducing...

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Making boulder opal earrings

Making boulder opal earrings

It is very difficult to find two opal that look the same. Because of this it is very hard to find opal pairs in which to make earrings. At Opal Art Global we specialize in cutting boulder opal and have developed a way to make boulder opal earrings. 1. Finding opal...

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Opal & Beyond

I love opal because…it’s a natural gemstone

I love opal because…it’s a natural gemstone

 Bill,Environmentalist, activist and opal lover.Bill’s Story.My interest in nature began with rocks.Our family just loved going bush on the weekend fossicking for precious gemstones, minerals, gold and sometimes even old bottles.We would camp, fossick all...

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I love opal because…I like style!

I love opal because…I like style!

 Tessa – writer, business owner and opal lover.Style. We’ve all got it.The way we speak, the way we act, the way we dress, we all have our own personal style.Personal style changes like the seasons as we move in and out of the various stages of our...

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I love opal because…it makes me feel good!

I love opal because…it makes me feel good!

          When I got to the party, I was keen to meet everybody.I was getting my things out of the car and Therese approached me to ask if I was interested in modeling one of her opals for a photo shoot.“Sure,” I said.She presented me with a few opals to...

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I love opals because…

I love opals because…

Tina S. is an artist and opal enthusiast.Color is the defining element of Tina’s art which is why she loves opal so much.“But it’s not just the color in this opal that I love,” says Tina. “It’s the way the opal combines with the rock to create beautiful...

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I fell in love with an OPAL

I fell in love with an OPAL

Aura and the pulling power of rocksA few weeks ago, I wrote an article about the pulling power of rocks in an article titled “Kids love Rocks.”https://opalartglobal.com/blog/opal-talk/kids-love-boulder-opal-rocks/In the article I discuss the attraction...

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The Legend of Opali Synopsis

The Legend of Opali Synopsis

The Legend of Opali – an original story by Therese – Opal the gemstone of creativity We would like to invite you to read The Legend of Opali, an original story by Therese published in episode form on the website.The heart of Opali is said to be the...

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