Looking for your October birthday gift?

Our online store will be open for the next 6 days so race in and start shopping!

We will be closed from the 5th – 13th of October for our school holiday break.

We thought we had better be nice and play with the kids so they will be kind when they choose our nursing home later:)

If you don’t see exactly what you want please message.

Nicole xx

Rainbows

As a child I was always fascinated by rainbows after the rain, they were so beautiful to me.

It’s little wonder really that as I grew older I fell in love with opals.

The rainbow is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light and colors appearing in the sky.

Opals are another colorful wonder! They are unique compared to other gemstones. Its the regular array of tiny balls of silica in opals that diffract light and show off rainbow colors.

I’m sure you wont find it hard to fall in love with your own little rainbow. Be warned through, you will spend hours gazing and being amazed by this beautiful gemstone!Opal_Essence_231

Hope to chat with you soon!

 

Nicole xx

Spring Specials

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Hello Opal Lovers,

Spring is here and we are loving all the seasons colours! We wanted to let you know if you are wanting to update your jewellery box with some of your own fresh colours then shop with confidence on our new updated website. To say thank you for shopping we are offering a 5% discount to customers on all our stock for the next 2 weeks.

To claim your discount please use ‘spring5’ as your code.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kindest Regards

Nicole

Special super gem opal

Looking for that really special stone?

I have been collecting opal since 1986 from all different opal fields so I’m bound to be able to find something special for you!

Whether it’s the dark base blue, green opal that catches your eye or the brilliant crystal reds,

your only problem is going to be choosing:)

 

Nicole xx

Coober Pedy Opal Capital Of The World

Having fun today going through some old photos.

This one was taken when my brother Kent was mining at ‘ 8 mile’ in Coober Pedy.

We are sitting on the top of his 40 Ton excavator. I was visiting that week to film the documentary

‘Coober Pedy Opal Capital Of The World’. Lucky for us, Dad and Kent and Milton found opal that day and it’s all on film!

Nicole xx

Opal Mining

This is my favorite photo of my brother Kent. He looks so happy because they had just struck opal!

Kent and Bob had been mining in Coober Pedy for months and months in the extreme heat and

swallowing fly’s, finally that day was pay day. Kent’s laughing at the opal Bob put in his mouth.

If you look closely you can see they have half dug out the two bands of opal protruding from the wall.

Every time I look at this photo is makes me smile.

Nicole xx

Australian Opal Triplets

Hello my opal loving friends!

In the next few hours we will have a lovely range of gem grade and A grade triplets for you to look at.

These seem to be the most popular sizes…

8x6mm 10x8mm and 12x10mm

Hope to hear from you.

Nicole xx

Athena’s Owl

Straight from the earth, our owl pieces show off opal matrix colours running through quartzite opal. These pieces come as solid blocks which are then sent off to be cut into animal shapes.

When you look closely at each piece you’ll see smaller speckles of opal matrix and bigger, solid sections of opal silica. This ‘full’ opal is older, so across one owl carving is a mineral representation of different moments in history.

If you go back to Greek mythology you’ll remember that the owl is Athena’s totem animal, perched on her hand as her messenger and spy.

In myth she would send her owl into the human realm in lieu of herself to see what the humans were up to. Athena and her owl stand for wisdom and protection of art and beauty which is fitting for these gorgeous owl carvings.

This piece shown here has already sold but we have more owl carvings coming in, please keep an eye on the store and blog for when they do or contact me with any enquiries.

x Nicole