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7 Beautiful Opal Jewellery Pieces For Your New Season Wardrobe

13 Oct, 2020

By Annie Darling, Tatler Hong Kong

October’s birthstone, opal, casts a spell when set into constellation-like high jewellery. Usually rendered in teeny-tiny earrings, rings, and necklaces, Tatler Asia celebrates the bigger and bolder opal-set pieces from this diamond-drenched season.

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How Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Cartier and Chopard are making opals the latest high jewellery trend

29 May, 2020

By Francesca Fearon, South China Morning Post

High jewellery designers in London, Hong Kong and Italy are fascinated by the opal’s rainbow of iridescent hues and are creating stunning looks using it

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How To Get Your Own Troublesome, $1.1m Uncut Gem, The Black Opal

15 Jan, 2020

By Murray Clark, Esquire UK

"They say you can see the whole universe in opals, that’s how old they are,” says Howard Ratner as he gazes upon a raw block of black opal – the uncut gem from which Adam Sandler’s latest hit takes its name. It’s yet another half-truth from Sandler's motor-mouth diamond dealer. In real life, even a 7.89-carat black opal won't quite show you the cosmos.

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Is this the last generation of opal miners?

24 Nov, 2019

By Melanie Groves, ABC Rural

An underground rebellion is brewing in the outback, as opal miners fight against growing rules and regulations...

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Dinosaur bones shimmering with opal reveal a new species

04 Jun, 2019

By Ashley Strickland, CNN

A hunt for precious gemstones revealed the first fossil evidence of a dinosaur herd, including a previously undiscovered dinosaur species, in Australia. The new dinosaur fossil was found in an opal mine and has turned into the gem itself, making it the most complete opalized dinosaur skeleton in the world, according to a new study...

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Opal capital Coober Pedy 'on knife-edge' as desert town faces big water problem

06 Mar, 2019

By Patrick Martin, ABC North and West SA

If there is one thing more precious than opal at Coober Pedy, it is water.

In the middle of the South Australian desert, 850 kilometres from Adelaide, Coober Pedy is often referred to as the opal capital of the world — but it uniqueness extends past its mining of Australia's national gem stone...

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Opal becomes a darling of the fashion world as buyers eye ethically mined gemstones

27 Feb, 2019

By Jacquie Mackay, Karyn Wilson, ABC Capricornia

Opals are making their way into the creations of both established and up-and-coming designers, and one central Queensland jeweller is taking advantage of the trend...

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