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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

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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The launch of Opal in October

The launch of Opal in October is celebrated with a special instore gift giveaway.With every online order you will also receive an exclusive opal key chain made for this promotion only.If you’re celebrating a birthday in October or know someone who is, consider opal as...

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Introducing Hang It

Hang It – a leather cord with preassembled knot and assembly instructions to revive an old pendant or hang a new one.Designed by Rick the Easy Knotting system is a no fail way to get that shell you found at the beach or that gemstone you found on a trip to the Outback...

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Market store open for business

If visiting Cairns make sure you come and say hello at the Cairns Esplanade Markets held every Saturday in beautiful Cairns city from 8am to 4pm. For open/close advice got to https://opalartglobal.com/about-us/ At the markets we carry a wide range of boulder opal...

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Opal Talk

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 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

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

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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Opal Mining season Kicks Off

Opal mining traditionally kicks off in Queensland around Easter when the weather is cooler.The summer in the Queensland opal mining fields can be unbearable at times.Temperatures sour up to around 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) and on top of that if it’s...

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From the Work Shop

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

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

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

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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Cutting Small Opal Stone

As there was a lot of interest in unset gemstones at the Opal Show in Winton we decided to work on our own inventory.Cutting small opal gemstone is a little different to cutting larger opal gemstones.Large pieces are easier to handle and more robust when taken through...

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Opal & Beyond

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 – 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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October birthstones

Those celebrating a birthday in October have two choices of birthstones: Opal and Tourmaline.As we are more expert on the subject of opals I think it best to leave the subject of tourmaline for another day.Every opal is unique.When we sell opals at our...

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Are opals bad luck?

    When people ask me this I can only answer from experience – opals are good luck. Please explain… One day I was riding my bicycle home from work and I hit the side of a van that cut me off at a roundabout. Fortunately, I was not...

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