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The launch of Opal in October

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

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

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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Freight Talk

Freight Talk

There is no such thing as free freight.There is no freight service in the world that processes and delivers letters and parcels for free; someone must pay.A recent communique from Etsy argues that shoppers on Etsy are 20% more likely to complete their purchase when...

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Website Update

Website Update

Hi there, In the past two months we have been working hard on the webstore information pages with a specific focus on the About Opals page. We decided it was time to learn how to learn to use key words. Check out these new titles! How is opal formed? Australian opal...

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Trade Shows 2019

Trade Shows 2019

The middle of the year is the time to visit the opal fields. After a long summer break mining starts in earnest around Easter, then the shows roll out. Follow the circuit or just choose one that’s close. They are all great shows with plenty of opal for sale, lots of...

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Opal Talk

Opal Mining season Kicks Off

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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How we got into the Opal Industry

How we got into the Opal Industry

A traveler from Europe mentioned that she and her husband were really interested in going to the opal fields. I encouraged her excitement, although warning them not to get bitten by the opal bug because they mightn’t leave. She asked me how big they grow?    We were...

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A close encounter

A close encounter

The beauty about the outback is that there is no light pollution so celestial activity is very clear and defined.The opal fields around Longreach, in particular Stonehenge, are about a fifteen hour drive from Cairns, which was where our cutting workshop was located at...

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What makes a good opal?

What makes a good opal?

I get asked this question a lot, and I know why. The folk that make this enquiry are more than likely recent viewers of opal or for the first time, and are seeing diversity in colour i.e. body colour (dark to light), diffracted colours blue to red, patterns of colour,...

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About the Opal Fields

About the Opal Fields

The one common thing among most opal miners, cutters, and general enthusiasts is that their house yards have piles of rock scattered about and, as messy as it may look, they know exactly what each pile of boulder opal (raw) rock contains. They know in what order it is...

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From the Work Shop

Cutting Small Opal Stone

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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Boulder opal unset gemstones

Boulder opal unset gemstones

FAQ:  What people do with unset stones?Answer:  Make them into jewelleryThe most important thing to consider when buying a boulder opal free form (unset stone) is the size.A large stone will be more expensive to set because more metal is needed to set it....

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Opal Cutting Workshop up and Running

Opal Cutting Workshop up and Running

We moved from Sydney to Far North Queensland earlier this year (2019).This means we’ve had to find suitable premises and set up a new workshop.I’m pleased to report we’re accomplished both of these things (moving and setting up workshop) and have been cutting and...

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Workshop Processes

Workshop Processes

Facing down.There are two types of opal; common opal and precious opal.While both types of opal have the same chemical formula, their molecular structure differs.Precious opal is usually found in veins within common opal.When we cut opal our objective is to expose the...

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Workshop Yarns

Workshop Yarns

The product that comes from the workshop is determined by the type of rough (raw) opal rock that comes in - obviously. Some boulder opal material lends itself to splitting the rock apart at the vein of opal which is coursing through it. When you can successfully...

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Opal & Beyond

October birthstones

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?

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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Opal Meaning and Healing Properties

Opal Meaning and Healing Properties

Sometimes people ask us – “What are the healing properties or metaphysical properties of opal?” and in the past I have responded with a generality. The good news is that I’ve been doing some research on the subject and have learnt some interesting things...

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The Min Min Light

The Min Min Light

The Min Min light is an unusual light phenomenon peculiar to the country around Boulia a small town in Outback Queensland.According to folklore the lights sometimes follow or approach people and disappear when fired upon, sometimes very rapidly, only to reappear later...

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