Five Virtues of South Sea Pearls

There are five virtues of fine Pearls that define their value; Lustre, Size, Shape, Complexion and Colour. Lustre Lustre is the paramount characteristic of pearl quality that is instantly noticeable. It is not only how light reflects from Pearl’s surface, but also how it seems to glow from within.  Like all virtues, the lustre of…

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Opal and the Dinosaurs

By strange coincidence and only on rare occasions, fossil bones from the Early Cretaceous period (115-100 million years) have been found which have been replaced opal. In exceptional circumstances the opal can exhibit a brilliant play of colour.  Opalised remains from the “Age of the dinosaurs” have been important for understanding past environments and the…

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Where is Opal mined in Australia?

Opal Black Opal, Boulder Opal and White Opal deposits in Australia Australia’s Great Artesian Basin (GAB) hosts widespread deposits of Opal, and continue to be the major source of high-quality gem opal for the international coloured gemstone market. Opal mining in the GAB has produce billions of dollars’ worth of exquisite gems, including light opal…

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Why is Australian Opal so unique?

All of Nature’s splendour seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine opals: fire and lightening, all the colours of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of region. Almost 95% of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts, Australia. The Roman…

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What is an Emerald?

Emeralds are fascinating gemstones. They have the most beautiful, most intense and most radiant green that can possibly be imagine; emerald green. Inclusions are tolerated. In top quality, fine emeralds are even more value than diamonds. The name emerald comes from the Greek “smaragdos” via the Old French “esmeralde”, and really just means “green gemstone”.…

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Testimonial Feb 2020

“Best opal store in Sydney! My mum was looking for a pair of black opal earrings to match her Opal ring, we went to nearly every Opal shop in town and could not find anything we liked. In the end, we were very lucky to find a perfect match here. They had the biggest range…

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