• Opals at the Oscars - Cate Blanchett’s Opal Earrings and $20 Million Outfit

    Cate Blanchett Chopard Earrings

    If you watched the Oscars this year you might have noticed that Cate Blanchett won the best actress category for her role in Blue Jasmine. A couple of things you might not have noticed is the pair of stunning Opal earrings she is wearing. The earrings consist of 62 white opals totalling 33ct set in white gold.

    As if that wasn't impressive enough the combined cost of the earrings, and diamond laced gown came in at an impressive £10.9 Million (~$18.5 Million AUD).

    Her dress was from the Armani Prive Fall 2013 Collection and cost an estimated £60,000, according to. Along with the Opal earrings she wore a brown diamond bracelet and a pear-shaped diamond ring, bringing the total cost of her jewellery to above £10.8 million.

    All of the jewellery was on loan from luxury accessories supplier Chopard and gave her outfit an Australian feel to it as both opals and brown diamonds are commonly mined down under.

    Check out a gallery & video of the earrings below:

  • Coober Pedy a Great Place to Head for an Unforgettable Opal Experience

    Coober Pedy

    Came across this great Coober Pedy feature the other day on the Herald Sun: Explore Coober Pedy
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  • Boulder Opal: An Excellent Choice for Exquisite Jewelry

    Boulder Queensland OpalA quick search or two on Google will uncover that Opals are quite a popular gemstone, in fact 5th or 6th most popular in the world depending on what you read. This may have something to do with their unique material composition, which gives it an exquisite look once set on different jewelry designs.
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  • How Opals Are Polished?

    how opals are polishedUnspeakable beauty is hidden within opals. They are magical, colorful, and brilliant. Their natural shape is unique and their very existence means a lot to us. However, we learned that we can get even more out from them, more light, more color, and more brilliance. For that reason they are being cut, polished, and shaped into a variety of forms – and only to make them look even livelier and more attractive.

    Many stones, like emerald, aquamarine, and diamond are very beautiful in their natural form, and can be used as such. But, most of the opals need their shape and size to be adjusted for a very simple reason - rough specimens found in nature contain a number of impurities, cracks, and uneven color distribution.
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  • Basic Principles in Mind When Buying Opal Online

    Buy Opal OnlineYou Should Definitely Keep These Basic Principles in Mind When Buying Opal Online

    General knowledge of online shopping can be applied to buying opals as well. Online shopping is good for those who hate crowds and malls, and great for others who find it hard to think clearly with a salesman interfering and pressuring. Just sit back, relax, and browse the websites that offer nice opal jewelry whose beauty can be admired without any obligation. Watch, inspect, compare and, eventually, make a purchase if you really like something. Of course, you always have to keep some basic principles in mind, so to avoid being scammed.
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  • 5 Things That Are Unique About White Opals

    White OpalsAurora Borealis caught in the stone, colors of the rainbow spectacularly flashing or the fire of love burning within the gem – that’s what an opal is. People have adored opals for thousands of years now, but they became really popular in the first half of the previous century, with the discovery of opal fields around Coober Pedy, Andamooka, and Mintabie in South Australia. The most common type of opal found here is white – a precious white gem, gentle and beautiful.

    Indeed, what is so special about this gemstone? Here is a list of five things that are unique about white opals.
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  • Australian Fire Opals Vs Mexican Fire Opals

    Only a few gemstones in the world can evoke such a thrill and admiration as opals. But, among many different types of opals, one stands out – the fire opal. However, not all fire opals are the same.

    Australian Fire OpalFire opals were first discovered in Australia, in the second half of 19th century and people immediately fell in love with them. Australians started to exploit and mine fire opals in order to sell them to rich customers in Europe, the most famous aficionado being the Queen of the United Kingdom, Victoria, who had the entire collection of Australian opal jewelry.
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  • Coober Pedy - The Opal Capital Of The World

    coober pedy south australiaLocated in the north of South Australia, Coober Pedy is a town of not more than a few thousands inhabitants and the owner of a high-sounding title – the opal capital of the world! But, when you learn about its history and importance its more than 70 opal fields have in the market, you’ll have to admit that this town deserves its somewhat pretentious name.
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  • 10 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Boulder Opals

    10 Questions You Should Ask When Buying Boulder OpalsPeople usually buy things because they are beautiful. When it comes to opals it can be tricky because they are all beautiful in their own way. However, there are some things you have to ask yourself before the purchase.

    1. Anyone who ever did some research on opals knows that the black opal is the most expensive due to its rarity. But there is one equally beautiful although less known variety and that is the boulder opal. The first thing you should know about the boulder opal is that it can look like the black opal, but its price is usually lower.
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  • The Uniqueness of Australian Opal Rings

    The Uniqueness of Australian Opal RingsBeauty, complexity and wonder are just some of the words that can be used to describe an opal, but there is one more which describes opals and opal jewelry perfectly and that is - uniqueness. Every single stone is different - various shapes, sizes, colors make every ring made of Australian opals one of a kind.

    Opal is known for its opalescence, diffraction of ray of light which gives different colors. For a long time it was unclear what was the cause of rainbow colors in precious opal. It was thought they occur the same way as colors in oil spilled on any surface. If opal lacks that beautiful play of color it is called common opal and it is not used for jewelry.
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