What is so special about Australian Opal?

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marcusco carvingAustralia’s desert regions are home to the most precious Opals in the world!

Play-of-colour is what makes Precious Opal rare – common Opal is abundant and was even recently found on Mars.

Pictured: A brooch by Marcus & Co. from the early 1900's features a Queensland Boulder Opal carved cameo of Aurora, goddess of the dawn, flying through a sky lit up with diamonds. Demantoid garnet fish and seaweed decorate the ocean bottom.


What does the future hold for Opals?

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The jewellery industry is increasingly motivated by and linked to trends in the fashion industry. Fashion is all about colour and the colour schemes change seasonally. As opal is the only gemstone to contain all colours, with a play-of-colours and patterns, it is well-positioned to take advantage of this.

For example, the great fashion houses of Paris Chanel and Dior are relative newcomers to 'fine' jewellery creation; both have favoured Opals over the last few years with bold, adventurous designs emanating from their couture and fashion jewellery backgrounds. The more traditional jewellery names Van Cleef Arpels, Mauboussin and Tiffany all have renewed interest in Opal with stunning results. (Pictured: Chanel Boulder Opal & Paraiba Tourmaline bracelet with dragon motif)

chanel camelia opal  paraiba bracelet

Opal is fast becoming sexy! This trend will continue as people look beyond diamonds and pearls. New and exciting design houses such as bolda, Bunda and Guilians are uplifting the image of Opal and enciting Australians to wear and understand their enigmatic National Gemstone!

Traditionally, what have Opal Jewellery designs been like and how it is changing?

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Opal has always inspired the world’s Master Jewellers – Louis Comfort Tiffany, Rene Lalique, Verdura and Cartier to name a few, have all set numerous Opals in astonishing designs.

What is the popularity of free form Opals among consumers?

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butterfly PercyMarks c.1930Given a broad selection from which to choose, notwithstanding budget constraints, most customers prefer free shapes, particularly as they lend themselves to truly ‘one of a kind’ jewellery designs.

There is also a trend toward larger stones that make a statement – Boulder opals admirably fit that bill and do not carry exorbitant price tags. The statement made by wearing a big Opal is one of character, not a demonstration of worth – Opal lovers come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are all self-assured individuals. Opals are for trendsetters, not followers – that’s our motto! Be yourself be bolda! 


Where else is Opal sourced from and how does it compare to Australian Opal?

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Precious Opals are beautiful wherever they are found. Indonesia, Ethiopia, USA, Mexico & Brazil produce around one quarter of annual output in commercial quality stones.


Sue-White opals29 June 2013
Dear Rainbow Serpent,
Thank you for your email and membership.
It is great to know that you are out there promoting Australia's National gemstone & NSW emblem.
Keep up the good work, I love your concept.
Sue White - Orana Glitz & Glamour Extravaganza Inc Assn.

15 march 2013
Hi Peter,
Colourful characters are key,
your Facebook page and the photos look like there are some fantastic people!
We loved the look of Tarzan of Opalton.
Gemma Brady - Boundless productions.tv

Alexander fink.PhysicsPHD opal28 Nov 2012
I would like to welcome your information page on opal,
with detailed information about nearly everything their is to know in a general term.
Alexander Fink PhD - Dept. of Physics La Trobe University

5 August 2010
Hi from another opal lover.
Just wanted to say I love your site, a wealth of information.
I always send people to your page for opal info.
Kind Regards
Sean Tapner - Planet Opal

8 july 2010
Dear Rainbow Serpent,
Will be recommending your website as a primary reference to 15 Macquarie Uni media students who will be doing a PR project for us as part of their assessment soon.
Best wishes
Renata - Opalminded

Opalminded recommend opalsinformation6 June 2010
Dear Rainbow Serpent, 
Greetings from Opal Minded In Sydney.
We are all very impressed with your website – one of the best things that has happened to this Industry for a long time. 
We would love to share it with the visitors to our website. 
Would you mind If we post with us links to your website, 
also on our facebook and twitter. 
Best wishes
Renata, John, Nelly, Fabrice and Summer

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 
Good Morning,
I have just found your wonderful website.
I produce a monthly e-newsletter which is circulated to the Tourism businesses in Coober Pedy and neighbouring stations plus the Info Centres around SA & the NT.
I wondered if I could use some of your Opal info in my October Edition (Opal Month), mainly the parts in your “About Opal” section – names, spiritual info etc.
I would obviously reference it to your website noting the address so others could read your site. 
Sandra Harris
Tourism Officer - Coober Pedy Information Centre

5 April 2010
I am wanting to use your site in an assignment as it is a superb example
of a site to use for a primary teaching unit on gemstones.
Many thanks,