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Australian Opals vs. Ethiopian Opals

Australian Opals vs. Ethiopian Opals

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Some of the questions we often get asked is: what is the difference between Australian Opals and Ethiopian Opals? How do I know which type is the best? There are a few major differences (other than the obvious difference in the names), so read on to find about more about each of the Opals. Ethiopian OpalsOpals…

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Good Luck Charms

Good Luck Charms

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Opals are known to be good luck charms, but what makes them a ‘good luck charm’?  If you have stepped into our store front before, then you might have recognised the large Boulder Opal that we had at the front of the store. We often referred to it as our ‘lucky rock’.  Oftentimes people would…

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Investment

Investment

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Investments have always been something that people make when thinking about the long term goals – from houses, cars, to stock, it has been idolised as the way to be money smart. But did you know that some people purchase Opals as a piece of investment property? You wouldn’t think that a piece of gemstone…

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Where Do Our Opals Come From?

Where Do Our Opals Come From?

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Opals are formed naturally and can be found in many different parts of Australia – but if 95% of the world’s Opal production comes from Australia, where exactly in Australia are these Opals from? This is a question that we often get when we do Q and As on Instagram. As an Opal specialist, we…

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Masks in QLD

Masks in QLD

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So, remember that last post about COVID-19 on the Gold Coast, Queensland? Well, it looks like we are back to a world of panicked toilet-paper-buying, confusion, cotton-tip-up-your-nose testing and… masks. Those masks that we didn’t ever have to wear have now become… mandatory. Long story short, it all started with a young man testing positive…

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Micah’s Battle with Leukaemia

Micah’s Battle with Leukaemia

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Leukaemia is a blood cancer that no child, or anyone for that matter, should ever, ever have to go through. Unfortunately for four year old Micah and his family, this was the heartbreaking diagnosis that they were given. Micah is like any other child. He loves dinosaurs, he has found a love for soccer, he’s…

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COVID on the GC

COVID on the GC

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COVID-19 affected (and continues to affect) different people and different countries differently. We’ve been pretty lucky here in Australia, and on the Gold Coast, Queensland. But it was definitely, a little bit, kind of… weird. The first COVID-19 cases were identified at the end of January 2020. The four cases came from incoming travellers from…

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【Visit the Gold Coast! 】2

【Visit the Gold Coast! 】2

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When you visit the Gold Coast, you will find excitement all over the city. From action packed experiences for the little ones to the memorable adventures for the whole family, it’s no wonder that the Gold Coast continues to be a popular tourist destination. Make sure you see our first post to see some of…

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【Visit the Gold Coast!】1

【Visit the Gold Coast!】1

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When you visit the Gold Coast, you will find excitement all over the city. From action packed experiences for the little ones to the memorable adventures for the whole family, it’s no wonder that the Gold Coast continues to be a popular tourist destination.  We’ve got our typical must-dos that you might find on a…

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History of Opals

History of Opals

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Opals (if they are real, like in the cases of Black, White and Boulder Opals) are made in nature. But what is the history behind Australia’s national gemstone? From a European perspective, Opals were first discovered in Australia at around 1869 in Listowel Downs, Queensland. We say ‘around’ because that is when it was first…

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