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Shop highlights: Drops, Pillows and Freeform Opal Shapes

Sometimes we have an idea for an opal setting and an oval opal is just not going to work. Here we showcase some of the other opal shapes and what is currently for sale. Pillow or Cushion Cut Opal This was a favourite shape of Justin’s father Jurgen. Very few opals are made to be cut in a square or rectangle but when it works, it just works! Drop or Pear Shape Looking through the stock I think this must be Justin’s favourite shape to cut other than ovals. A drop shape works for all types of jewelry – either as the hero or as the accent to something larger.…

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Chosing a design for your opal jewellery

When choosing your jewellery design for your opal you should use a simplistic design as it can really bring out the color play in your opal. If you put to much “bling” around it, the piece can get too busy, As opal has so much color play going on in it there is no need for more. I see so many people put clusters of diamonds around an opal and this is fine but if you want to show off the stunning opal that you love. Keep it simple.            

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New from the opal fields

New Stock for Black Opal Direct

Well what a crazy last few days it’s been here up at the Ridge. The place is full of energy with so many people in town for the meeting on Saturday. It felt just like the old days  – at the height of the black opal rush in the 90’s. Despite the crisis of government inaction, the opal scene is also upbeat, with quite a few people finding opal. A couple of new fields have been found or rediscovered with some patches that were missed from the drilling rigs of past.  It just goes to show there is still plenty of opal out there to be found and miners around…

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