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Taking risks with opal: will the gamble pay off?

taking risks with opal

It’s pretty risky in our state at the moment with ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie battering us with heavy rain (12 inches in the last 24 hours – same expected tonight), subsequent flooding and tonight very high winds are expected. Spare a thought for those up north who really took a battering in the cyclone (hurricane) and if you want to have the full experience check out our mate Andy’s video here. So it seemed like the perfect day to make a video about taking risks with opal! Justin shows you a rough piece which he hopes will cut two very different opals. The challenge is that one color bar is…

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The Amazing Women in Opal

Women in opal

It’s International Women’s Day today and I started thinking about all the women I have known and collaborated with over the years in the opal industry. Many of these women are unknown and unsung beyond our small pond. They are miners, advocates, educators, jewelers, opal merchants and artists. Some have a profile and others work behind the scenes. Here is a small image of some of those women. There are many more but these are the ones who were easy to find images of on Google! To all the fearless Australian Opal women I want to salute you. Working in this very male-centric field has been a blessing and a curse but…

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