The Difference between Opal Solids, Opal Doublets & Opal Triplets

This question gets asked quite a lot in emails and also by customers who come into the shop. So just what is the difference between solid opals and opal doublets / opal triplets? While us jewellers tend to be an honest bunch (our reputation depends on it!) unfortunately there are a select few that won't let on about what exactly a piece of jewellery might be. Hopefully this post should give you all the tools you need to identify exactly what you are getting. Read on to find out just what the difference is between the three. Opal Doublets & Opal Triplets Opal doublets & triplets are ...

Starting Out Tips for Buying Opal Online

Are you just starting out on your Opal hunting adventure? Where do you start when searching for the very best Opal you can buy for your hard earned money? Well, for most modern-aged people, the power of the Internet is now the most likely resource for a fine gemstone search. While there is nothing as good as seeing the real thing in the palm of your hand, the web is still a great starting point to begin the search for the very best Opal! By doing a quick search for ‘buy opals’ on whatever browser you currently utilize, a plethora of returns will be forthcoming. To wade through the infinite...

Short Look at the History of Opal in Australia

The world famous blond girl, Marilyn Monroe, performed a song “Diamonds are a girl's best friend" in the 1953 film “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". Clearly, she never heard of opal. Opal is listed as one the six most precious gemstones in the world. The opal stands side by side with diamonds, sapphires, rubies, pearls and emeralds. Word opal comes from Sanskrit word for precious stone “Upala". The history of opal in Australia goes back for many centuries. The Australian Aborigines believed that God took all the colors from the rainbow and put it into one stone. That is why they call this gem "Ra...

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