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Best kept secrets of Lightning Ridge

Visiting the outback is a special experience and visiting Lightning Ridge is no different. In today’s video we share a magical place – that not even all locals know about. Hot Springs on the Cooceran Fields We have told you about the hot artesian slings in town before but did you know that way out on the opal fields is another lesser known “bore bath”? Justin takes Saxon and his mate Dave (lurking in the video’s background) for a drive to show you just how special the place is. Surrounded by bush, it’s a little oasis with piping hot water to wash the cares of the day away. A perfect…

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The Opal Business

Opal Business Tools of the trade

With the passing of my Dad I have been reflecting on this crazy amazing opal business and what makes it so unique. Most gemstone people are quite an artistic bunch of weird and wonderful types with some skew ideas about life and the world. That’s what makes us so special! It takes a certain type of person to understand and have the patience to sit and study a little piece of nature. Some gemstone people love collecting the finished piece and some even learn to cut and polish or facet stones. In the case of cutting and polishing – this gemstone hobby is perfect for the home body who loves…

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What not to do with opal

We love opal and we love that you love it too! Opal is fun, it’s about discovery and very often joy. We all need much more of that in our lives – right? Watch Justin as he takes you though some of the extremes and gives you a “taste” of how opal is not like diamond (although I doubt diamond would recover from some of this either).  CAUTION: This video is not educational but it may make you smile.

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