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

January 14, 2020

"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.

Is this the last generation of opal miners?

November 23, 2019

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

Dinosaur bones shimmering with opal reveal a new species

June 03, 2019

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...

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

March 05, 2019

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...

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

February 26, 2019

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...

Hong Fong Opal Instagram is launched!

January 06, 2019

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Exclusive: Sparkly, opal-filled fossils reveal new dinosaur species

December 04, 2018

A new dinosaur has been added to the more than 700 already named after a chance discovery of a jawbone fragment in a bucket of opal rubble from near Lightning Ridge, New South Wales....

Opal costs rise on international market amid Mintabie's uncertain future

November 01, 2018

Uncertainty surrounding the future of a South Australian opal mining town is impacting upon the international trade of the precious gemstone.

Mintabie in the state's far north west is home to about 30 permanent residents and has been crucial to Australia's opal trade for more than 40 years...

Opal And Tourmaline: All You Need To Know About The October Birthstones

October 02, 2018

Two marvellous stones to choose from, to gift your autumn-born friends. First of the October birthstones is the opal, a mysterious stone that symbolises intelligence, clarity and spiritual awareness; and secondly, the tourmaline, which is cherished for its vast range of colours.

Rare Collection Of Opals On Sale For $10.8 Million

September 09, 2018

A private collection of opals is slowly making its way around the world being shown privately to collectors. The hoard consists of 12 uncut, untreated black opals of varying shapes and sizes acquired over a period of 100 years...

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