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...

Opals Made Holly Valance Look Like A Princess On Her Wedding Day

Opal as a gem we usually expect to see in rings, pendants, bracelets and necklaces but Australian actress, singer and former model Holly Valance found them another use. On the 29th of September this year, Holly Valance tied the knot with her property multi-millionaire beau Nick Candy. The glittering ceremony was held in Los Angeles in front of the “big stars” and well-heeled people like Simon Cowell, Sir Elton John, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and their mother Sarah Ferguson. The rumour has it that the couple (meaning Nick) spent almost 5 million dollars on their fairy-tale wedding, of...
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 earrin...

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