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Black Opal

 


History of Black Opal information

Black opal mining on opal fields

Investment in Black opals

Availability Black opals

Market trends for Opals

How to polish black opals

Opal Folklore

Grading and Selling Opal

Hints and Tips When Buying or Selling Opal

Price Difference between Opals

Common Types of Opals

Opal Association Newsletter

Opal Presidents Report

How to value Black Opal

 

 

Black Opal History


One of our most expensive Black Opal Investment opal sold is a 37.30 carat sold by Rollingstone Opals for $37,500

Gem fire Black opal with body tone N1 and brightness rated at 5 out of 5.

 

 

 

 


Highly prized and covetously sought after by kings, emperors, maharajas and sultans, the majestic opal has been desired throughout the ages.

Its intrinsic beauty intimates the ever-changing mystery of loveliness; the secret of which is so jealously guards and holds spellbound those who

possess it. Yet, with all their pomp and wealth, many of this elite were denied the privilege of ever possessing the unique ‘Queen of Gems’:

Lightning Ridge black opal.

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SPEC the black opal dog miner Lightning Ridge 1990

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Lightning Ridge, the home of the beautiful black opal, is nestled away among high ridges covered with scrub and pebbles . It is here that nature

eons ago hid the earth’s rarest gem, black opal. The beauty of the green trees, blue sky and red pebbles is reminiscent of the ever-changing

colours of the magnificent opal found deep below.

 

 

 


 

 

Lightning Ridge, however, was not the first place to report black opal. It had been found in Egypt in 1899, two years before Jack Murray sank

the first hole at the Nobby in 1901, at Jundah, in Queensland in 1891, and later at White Cliffs. But Lightning Ridge opal was different, and it is

this difference that has made it famous. Until that time, the world had never seen such incredible patterns in opal on such a beautiful black

back. The supply of black opal from Lightning Ridge dramatically changed the way gem merchants evaluated opals, setting an unprecedented

hallmark for the gem. Black opal is the rarest and most valuable of all opals and is generally found as a bar of various colours in a dark body. In

addition, there is also Semi black and black Crystal. Lightning Ridge in New South Wales is the worldwide home for black opal and is widely

regarded as producing the best black opal in the world.

 

 

 

BLACK OPAL MINING



 

 

Black opal is getting harder and harder to find. Not only have fuel prices and lease fees made it very costly to mine for opal, but the scarcity of

black opal is now a reality. This trend has been emerging for years, and it is now rare to find quality red fire black opal. The majority of opal

being mined at Lightning Ridge is now seam opal, which is formed in bands similar to opals from Cooper Pedy . Black opals that have formed as

nuggets are now rare to find. Even the colour base of black opals is different to years ago; the natural base is now more of a grey black colour

rather than dark black as it used to be. Miners are finding much more semi-black opal. Black opal colour guides can be used to grade the

darkness of a black opal. N5 is the darkest, and Hi the lightest.

 

 

BLACK OPAL INVESTMENT




 

Black opals have always been the informed buyers top choice when selecting gemstones for investment. Black opals that have strong red fire

and a dark black base are considered extremely rare and are an investment that will generally appreciate by at least 20% per year. Many black

opals sold on Opal Auctions have increased in value between 20 and 30% per year, and some black opals valued at $1000 per carat have now

increased to $3000 per carat. Investors in black opal should always look for top opals that have a black base. Other factors include;

  • cabochon shape (domed tops are ideal for Jewelry)
  • Uniqueness of the pattern
  • Colour. Red is most valuable but some orange and green fire ribbon patterns can also make for excellent investments

Black opals have always been the favourite type of opal for serious collectors, but boulder opal has increased in popularity as well. The Japanese

market tend to prefer black opal cabochon and have helped moderate an ongoing value increase for this opal type.

 

 

AVAILABILITY


There are a few spectacular opal collections in Australia but none that include a large black opal collection because they are so rare.

This trend is repeated overseas, where large opal collections can be found in several countries including the US, Hong Kong and Germany but a large collection of black opal is very rare indeed.

 

 

 

MARKET TRENDS


                        

 

With the ever increasing cost of opal mining mainly driven by oil prices and dwindling availability, the opal mining industry is coming under more

and more pressure.

 

 

In Lightning Ridge all the “easy” mines have already been exhausted, and miners are facing very tough and dangerous mining conditions to

extract opal in the more dangerous mines. Low grade black opal is steady and available so the common laws of supply and demand are in force.

Opalholics - now is the time to buy investment opal because the supply of high grade black opal is thinning, and the mining community of

Lightning Ridge as a whole is not finding much opal, which can only mean one thing for prices.


Opal mining report October 2009-09-12

The good news is that production in all opal fields has stabilized and is now slightly increasing. Australia has experienced a mining boom the last

few years and due to the high wages being offered many miners have left to work in these gold coal and gas fields.

Now that this boom has ended some miners are returning back to the opal fields. The Lightning Ridge Miners Association has seen a explosion in

members. This is due to there new bond scheme in which miners can now leave one bond with the association which can cover other claims.

Other wise they would have to spend thousands if they have a few claims. It appears that government regulations have caught up with the opal

mining industry and you have to do several courses to have a claim in your name. There are safety and environmental courses that have to be

done.

Miners are meant to keep a log book on who works there mine act which is a far cry from a un regulated industry most miners are used to. At

Lightning ridge quite a few miners are now mining closer to the town. This saves on travelling costs and the material closer to town is mainly

Nobby material which is of a higher quality then the seam opal found further out. Mining costs have increased due to fuel costs and government

regulations.

Some miners are using all electrical machinery powered by generators and doing away with the blowers [these suck the opal dirt to the

surface]that use huge amounts of fuel. The cost of production to miners is always unknown as some miners can work for over a year with no

decent opal find. I do remember one discussion i had in the pub with four successful miners and they agreed[after a few drinks] that the cost

for a good commercial stone would be app $100 a carat.

When you consider that most of the production is well below this price you can see why the miner needs to get thousands per carat for gem

material to make a decent living. Coober Pedy has experienced a similar loss of experienced miners and prospectors to the other mining areas as

they have some gold and gas fields close by.

Most people are quite surprised to find that app 60% of production is from noddling and not under ground mining.Noodling is where you process

the top opal dirt that miners left search for material that they missed. Some of these noddling machines cost up to $250,000 and even work a

24 hour shift. The opal dirt comes up a conveyer belt and ultra violet lights light up the opal and a automatic machine then picks it out.

There is still large areas to work but this material is usually not large chunks. The Chinese opal buyers love this material as it makes good small

stones and doublets. To give a idea of production levels there used to be over 50 resident Chinese buyers but now there is app 6.Many more

buyers do come and go on short trips. Queensland-The worry about land right claims appears over and there have been some good opal finds

recently. Some of the material has magnesium under the opal bar which gives a beautiful black opal appearance.

A lot of the production is sold straight from the mines. The production in the Yowah Koroit area is down but there is still some good quality

material around at reasonable prices. There are still a few good months of productive mining to do before the summer temperature arrives-its

too hard on machinery once the temp is over 100 degrees. Prices on the field have stabilized and it is hoped there will be a small increase in the

field price to encourage more miners to return to the industry.


President Opal Association

Paul Sedawie

Seda Opals

 

 

Black opal is found primarily in the opal fields of New South Wales. Read up on them in our opal mining section: Opal Fields of New South Wales

 

 

Buy Black Opal

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We also stock rough and fossilised black opal.

 

 

 

How to Polish Opal 

 

Thanks to the priceless work of one of our members, we have a great guide in our opal forum about how to polish opal

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opal Folklore

 

High quality Black opal is more valuable than diamond; up to $50,000 per carat.

Opal is the October birthstone.

Some people think the black opal is bad luck when worn if it is not your birthstone.

This is not true. Sir Walter Scott started the story, in his novel Anne of Gierstein, in which the heroine of the novel

has her life force caught in the beautiful opal she wears and she dies when the fire in the opal is extinguished.

In ancient times opal was accepted as a symbol of faithfulness and confidence.

The name "opal;" is derived from the Latin word opalus, meaning seeing jewel.

The Arabs believed that opals fell from heaven in flashes of lightning, and that's how they received their fiery  

colour.

Opals are very powerful in ritual magic. Since a quality opal contains every colour of every other birthstone, it can

be used or charged with all the energies and powers of the other stones combined and can be used in place of an

birthstone for spells, rituals or other magical needs. Opals have been linked to invisibility and astral projection.

They have been used to recall past lives (each colour supposedly represents a past life).

It has reputed healing properties, especially to increase mental capacities such as creative imagination and other 

unused powers of the mind.

Fire opals are often used in money rituals to draw funds to those who are in need, normally worn as a pendant on a

gold necklace, one surrounded with 10 or 12 small diamonds is said to have excellent money drawing power.

Black opals are the tools of choice for witches and magicians, who use them primarily to enhance their magical  

 receptive or projection powers. Black opals worn near the heart on necklaces made of gold are said to ward off

evil, protect one from the evil eye and protect travellers on journeys to far away land. Black Opals have been

ground up and used a magic potions to heal the body, ward off bad dreams, and used an energy enhancement tools.

The white opal, when used in rituals on the full moon night, is said to bring the moon goddesses' powers to full 

fruition in the practitioner. Archaeologist Louis Leakey found six thousand year old opal artefacts in a cave in Kenya!

The Aztecs mined opal in South and Central America.

Opal was also treasured in the Middle Ages and was called ophthalmios, or "eye stone," due to a widespread belief

that it was beneficial to eyesight. Blonde women wore opal necklaces to protect their hair from losing its colour.

A beautiful opal called the orphanus was set in the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor. It was described "as though

pure white snow flashed and sparked with the colour of bright ruddy wine, and was overcome by this radiance."

Opals are also set in the crown jewels of France. Napoleon gave Josephine a beautiful opal with brilliant red flashes

called "The burning of Troy," making her his. 

 


                                                                                                  

More Opal Lore


Opal has been described in medieval times as a cure for diseases of the eye.

Opal is given as a symbol of hope, happiness and truth.

Black opal is regarded as an extremely lucky stone.

 


How Black Opal is Graded and Sold

 

Black Rough opal parcels are sorted into three grades: tops, middle, and low. Each tops parcel has a King stone,which is the best stone in the

parcel. Some parcels have several King stones. Colour is the primary criteria for grading, but the graders also take into consideration the number

of imperfections and faults, and whether a stone is the right shape to be cut into an oval or one of the other popular shapes. You can buy

rough opal in several different conditions.


 

Mine Run. Direct from the opal mine. The stones have not been cut or ground down. This means that there is more guesswork in the cutting.

Purchasing mine run opal can be risky if you are not very experienced.  


Off - Cuts. The miner has removed whatever opal he has a market for and sells you what's left. With off cuts, you can usually tell what you are

going to be able to cut. You must still watch for cracks in the opal because once a crack becomes obvious, a stone can lose half its value.  


Rubs. This can often be the best way of buying rough if you are not very experienced. The miner has cut and ground the stones into basic

shapes, after having removed most of the rubbish. What you have left is the stone nearly ready for the dopping and polishing process. You have

the satisfaction of cutting your own stones without the high risk of buying mine run rough.  Opal is officially sold in troy oz.  There are

approximately 30 grams to a troy oz and approximately 30-oz to a kilo.


 

 

 

Hints and Tips

 

Here's an eclectic assortment of hints and tips you may find helpful when buying or working with opal.

 1. Not all opal is valuable. Potch, is sometimes called "common opal" does not reflect colours. Potch does have its use, however, as a backing

for doublets and triplets. When there is colour mixed with potch it's called "potch and colour."

 

2. Some classes of rough opal are unsuitable for making gemstones. Some are very porous. Others have a chalky appearance. Still others can

lose their colour in a short period of time. And yes, it is common for certain types of opals to shatter in a dry atmosphere when the water from

the gel evaporates. The best protection for buyers is to purchase opal from a knowledgeable and reputable dealer who accurately details

exactly what you are purchasing and is willing to guarantee the stones. Note: If you buy rough opal, there is no guarantee that it will not crack.

This is the calculated risk you take and is part of the "excitement" of opal cutting.

 

3. When examining opal jewellery, look at the stone from the side to determine whether it's a triplet. Solid and doublet opal domes are simply the

opals formed into a curved dome shape. Triplets have clear crystal domes to protect the flat opal surface.

 

4. It is very difficult to tell whether a stone is a doublet or a solid if it is in a setting. It helps if the back of the setting is open, but it is still no

real indication because the back of a doublet and a solid looks very similar, although a doublet is usually perfectly black on the back whereas a

solid black opal usually has some imperfections. So if the back of a stone looks too perfect, you have to be a little suspicious. For this reason

it’s best to buy opal from reputable dealers who know what they are doing because, unfortunately, many jewellers also are not experienced in

opal.


 

 

5. When buying opal over the net, ask the seller to give you a summary of how close the graphic sample is to the real thing. Opal is very

difficult to photograph and the appearance on the computer screen may give it a different look. Particularly is this the case in regards to size.

Graphics come out in all different sizes, usually a lot larger than actual...so make sure you get your ruler out and actually draw the size on a

piece of paper so that you will know in your own mind’s eye the actual size of the stone.

 

6. The same thing applies to the colour of the stone. Make sure you get the supplier to give a commentary on the colour so that you will know

pretty well what you are getting. The camera sometimes picks up colours that are only minimal, while ignoring the feature colours.  

 

 

Why are some opals more expensive than others are?

 

A side view of the stone explains the difference. As a rule, Opal triplets and doublets are cheaper than solids, but this is not always the case.

Some high quality triplets can be more expensive than lower quality solids. 


Solid Black Opal - A solid piece of opal with a natural black back. This makes the stone darker on top. Black opals come in all colour variations.


Solid Crystal Opal - A sold piece of opal without a natural black back. The stone has a lighter, more delicate colour on top crystal opals come in

all colour variations.

 
Solid Boulder Opal - A solid piece of boulder opal with natural brown ironstone back, giving it a black opal appearance from the top. Boulder opals

come in all colour variations.



Doublet Opal - A solid piece of opal cemented to a natural black potch backing, giving the appearance of black opal on top. The stone is made

of TWO pieces. Hence the name DOUBLET. Doublets come in all colour variations.


Triplet Opal - A solid thin piece of opal cemented to a black background with a crystal cap cemented to the top. The stone is made of three

pieces. Hence the name TRIPLET. Triplets come in all colour variations.

 

Compared with other more known gemstones, opal is quite new. Although, Europeans have known it for thousands of years, it did not become

popular until it was found in quantity in Australia. Many jewellers are unfamiliar with it, so often don't carry stock, so the public does not get to

see its beauty.  Whether you are a rich person, or like most of us, just making a living, opal is the stone for you. There's nothing worse, if you

are wearing a lovely ring, to have to admit that it is synthetic, if someone asks. . The exciting part about opal is that it can be cut in a number

of different ways to suit everyone's pocket, and whether you can afford an expensive opal or a cheaper one, you can still proudly state that it

is a REAL opal, not a synthetic.

 


The Different Common Types of Opal

 

 

 

Black opal - Opal which is found with a natural black or dark background. This background can range from pitch black to grey giving the stone are darkish appearance when seen from the top. It is the dark background, which allows the brilliant colours. Black opal can be any colour. These opals are rare and more valuable than others.

 

Semi-Black opal. The semi-black opal is found on most fields. It's background colour ranges from grey to near black. One of its distinguishing characteristics is an almost smoky appearance. Semi-black opals are from the same family as black opals, but they are not as dark.

White opal. A solid opal with an opaque light background. 

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Crystal opal. An opal with a brilliant crystal appearance, allowing you to look down into the stone. The light background of this opal is translucent.

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Jelly Crystal opal. A solid crystal opal, that is extremely translucent, to the point of being almost transparent. 


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Boulder opal. Similar to black opal except that the foreground colour is very thin and sits on a brown ironstone base. These stones at times can come with interesting "hills" and "valleys" on the surface. (meaning that the surface is often, but not

always, undulating) People who are more “progressive” in their jewellery tastes prefer these stones. Often boulder opal has ironstone inclusions in the foreground and all sorts of odd shapes, which makes them a designer’s delight.


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Boulder opal matrix. matrix actually comes from the word "mother" or "womb", meaning that the ironstone is the "mother" that holds the "baby" which are tiny flecks of precious opal. A characteristic of boulder matrix opals is that the colour is usually peppered throughout the stone.

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Andamooka Matrix. A more porous opal found in the mining field of Andamooka. When it comes out of the ground it is quite pale but by treating it with a carbon dye process it eventually looks like real black opal. An Andamooka matrix opal can be an affordable alternative to a genuine black opal--but buyers beware--an honest opal dealer will tell you whether you are buying an Andamooka matrix or a genuine black; a disreputable dealer may not. 

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Yowah Nut. Brilliantly coloured opals nested in a nugget of ironstone.

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Picture Opals. Uniquely patterned boulder opals where an object is clearly visible.

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Opalized Wood. Because the creation of opal is a natural process, opals can sometimes be found within substances other than stone.

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Opal fossils. Opalized shells, crustaceans, sea creatures, snails, animal claws and bones, are some of the many objects that over time can opalize when buried in the unique environment of Australian clay and left undisturbed. These chunks of opal are marvellous conversation pieces for your mantlepiece or office desk.

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Specimen. A chunk of opal that is either left in its natural state or given a polish or varnish to show off one aspect or feature of the stone. Rock collectors; generally display them on a desk or shelf.

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Mosaic Opal. The previously described opals are all naturally formed. The mosaic opal is a man-made creation. Slivers of genuine opal are assembled into an irregular tiled pattern with rivers of black potch framing each unique opal tile. Mosaic opals make stunning stones for all types of jewellery and allow the jeweller to include a wide range of colours within an affordable piece.

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Now, there is a natural stone that looks very similar to mosaic opal. The natural phenomenon is called the Harlequin opal. It is the rarest and most expensive opal.

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OPAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER  NOVEMBER 2008

 

The good news is that the Lightning Ridge had some heavy rains and there has  been some new land release for prospecting. Over 100 people turned up for the first ballot which is a good indication of the interest in new mining areas. There appears to be more quality black opal Nobby material around  but there is still a lack of buyers in the town particularly from over seas..

We welcome the following new members

Graeme Dowton - White cliffs

Keky Qie of Opal strike- Sydney

Opals Australia of Sydney 

 

Australian dollar

With the strong dollar there is a lot of negative talk of the effects it will have on opal sales. It must be remembered in the 70s we had a similar exchange rates and opal sales were still strong. Many opal sellers did well the last few years in the USA but many [including my self]  sold on the exchange rate profit. This meant that the opal market was spoilt so now we have the hard grind of selling the quality and not the price. Many  Australian retail opal shops sell with a discount so they might like to consider saying the discount is to compensate for the strong dollar. Many opal dealers I have spoken to are looking to Europe for extra sales as both the USA and Japan are slow. 

Opal show USA

This is a yearly show held in Anaheim Ca in November. It is known for lapidary  people but a lot of jewellers and collectors visit the show and there are a few booth holders from Australia. The show was slow and a few  regular opal collectors didn’t show up . Many customers were talking to booth holders asking about the exchange rates and opal production. I don’t think it does our industry any good to talk about low production to opal buyers. With out a good supply of opals our customers will move away to deal in another stone or business. Just mention that good money can still buy good opal

Sadly one American opal seller apparently  left his goods in a  car and they were stolen. While dealing with such valuables items  we must all be alert. Remember  most insurance doesn’t cover any goods left in a car or hotel room.

Future challenges.

The mining boom has had a negative effect on the opal industry with many people leaving all the opal mining towns to get high paid jobs  working in the export mining sector. We can only hope that these people will return one day to the opal industry. They are now on real wages and paying real taxes. The opal industry still has  cash is available to miners but this  window will tighten over the coming years. There is a great example  of some miners in Yowah working on the gas fields and on there time off they can mine for app 2 weeks. Its great that they have money for mining and now they are producing material so the industry can still be a winner with the mining boom.

One trend is for miners to open up retail shops in the mining fields. There have been new shops opening  up in the past 12 months in Lightning Ridge, Coober Pedy and on the boulder fields. Some have stated to me that the opal buyers are to selective in there purchases and a retail shop allows them to continue mining. We wish them the best of luck.

Paul Sedawie

President Opal Association

 


 


OPAL ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2008 

  

We are in the process of making payments to the Opal Association online. However, there has been an unexpected delay. Therefore, we have sent the current year’s certificates to you. Included is this financial year as well as 2008/2009. The fee (unchanged) is $100 annually. The payment form is attached below. 

*Important – Email Address 

If you have not been receiving emails and newsletters from the Opal Association please email Paul Sedawie and indicate the correct email address. 

 

 

 

 

 

OPAL SHOWS FOR 2008

 

Coober Pedy:  Attendance was impressive with several overseas buyers. The show consisted of 15 booths of which, 10 have signed up for the next year. Major sales included rough opal, carvings and high quality opal beads.

Winton: Attendance was reasonable. The sale of a high quality rough parcel was reported. Next year the Opal Mining Symposium will be held at Winton.

Yowah: This year started off with the usual massive bonfire to kick off the show. The show consisted of 75 booths with a high number of attendees. The usual local buyers were present and trade was brisk the first day. Unexpectedly, a dust storm on Sunday shut down most of the show. Sellers did well on Monday, selling from their homes and stores.

Lightning Ridge: Due to bad weather on the first day, the outdoor area was closed. The interior section was busy. The number of booths decreased this year, however the mood was positive. Next year, The International Jewellery Show will be held at the same location and is generally a much stronger show.  Major sales included commercial stock. One dealer reported the sale of a 20 carat red black opal  to a private collector on the last day while others were packing up. So it pays to hang around!

Surfers Paradise: The last of the shows, there was a decent display of quality stock. There were reports of strong sales in boulder opal rough to overseas buyers. The number of less expensive booths decreased and booths in the main section were up. There were reports of strong opal sales between dealers also. An overseas buyer bought top quality rough specimens and opalized shells.

All shows emulated positive spirit and the social occasions associated with the shows are always popular. The attendance of new overseas buyers and collectors was welcome! 

 

NEW PROSPECTUS 

Two companies are raising funds for sapphire and opal mining. One of these companies has a 1250 km lease near Lightning Ridge. For more information on this please see  ozgemstones and opalhorizon

BODY TONE CHART

We have been working on a body tone chart to help buyers distinguish between stones on the N1 to N9 body tone scale.: 

 

SYNTHETIC OPAL

 

We were considering reporting an internet seller to the ACCC for selling synthetic opal as real black opal. Before any further action was taken, the seller withdrew his stock off the internet site. As a reminder, it is the responsibility of all members to keep us informed of any misleading, false or fraudulent advertising of opal. For more information please contact Paul Sedawie (President)

 

 

PRESIDENTS REPORT OCTOBER 2007

 

THE OPAL ASSOCIATION IS NOW UP AND RUNNING AGAIN.SPECIAL THANKS MUST GO TO JASON BLAIKLOCK WHO HAS DONE A ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF BEHIND THE SCENES PAPER WORK.THERE WAS  6 YEARS TAX RETURNS AND ASIC  REQUIRMENTS TO BE DONE.AS WITH MOST SMALL ORGINIZATIONS MOST OF THE WORK FALLS ON A FEW.WE ACCEPT THAT BUT WE DO WELCOME COMMENTS AND CRITISM[AS LONG AS ITS CONSTRUCTIVE.] REMEMBER THIS IS YOUR ORGINAZATION SO YOU CAN HELP IN THE DIRECTION WE TAKE.


OCTOBER PROMOTIONS

WE HAVE PRINTED OUT 2000 POSTERS PROMOTING OPAL AS THE BIRTH STONE FOR OCTOBER.. THESE POSTERS WILL HAVE DIFFERNET LANGUAES ON THEM. WE INTEND TO POST THESE TO ALL OPAL SHOPS  AND SOME JEWELLERY SHOPS IN AUSTRALIA.

THEY WILL BE SENT OUT TO  BOTH MEMEBERS AND NON MEMBERS OF THE ACCOCIATION AS WE WISH TO PROMOTE OPALS TO ALL.MANY EMERGING NEW MARKETS DON’T REALIZE THAT OPAL IS THE BIRTH STONE FOR OCTOBER.


SYNTHETIC OPAL

SO FAR WE HAVE SCORED TWO SUCCESS IN GETTING AUSTRALIAN COMPANIES TO CHANGE THERE WORDING WHEN SELLING SYNTHETIC/IMITATION OPAL ON THE INTERENT. SOME SELLERS HAVE HAD MISLEADING/FALSE  OR CONFUSING COMMENTS ON THERE PRODUCTS. WE HAD A SOLICTER DRAW UP A STANDARED REPLY TO BE SENT TO THEM.  IN THIS LETTER WE  SAID WE WOULD REFER THEM TO THE TRADE PRACTISE ACT IF THEY DIDN’T CHANGE THERE WORDING AND THEY COMPLIED.

SO IF YOU SEE A OPAL SYNTHETIC/IMITATION PRODUCT  ADVERTISED ON THE INTERNET OR IN SHOPS CONTACT US WITH THERE DETAILS AND WE WILL RESPOND.OPAL IS A VERY STRONGLY RECOGNIZED  AS  A AUSTRALIAN PRODUCT SO LETS PROTECT IT.

THERE IS A LARGE PROBLEM WITH THE OVER SEAS  MARKET OF SYNTHETIC/IMITATION OPAL BEING SOLD AS SOLID  NATURAL OPAL. IF ANY MEMBERS HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW WE CAN SOLVE THIS WE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.


OPAL COURES

THE OPAL ASSOCIATION WILL SOON HAVE  A COURSE ON OPAL KNOWLEDGE ON OUR WEB PAGE. THIS WILL BE AVALIABLE FREE TO ALL VISITORS TO OUR SITE. WE MAY CHARGE MEMBERS A FEE IF THEY WANT A CERTIFICATE ISSUED TO THERE STAFF WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE AND SEND IT TO US FOR CHECKING.THIS IS TO HELP IN THE RETAIL MARKETING OF OPAL.WE INTEND TO DO MORE WORK ON THE COURSE SO YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME.WE ALSO WISH TO GET APPROVAL OF THE COURSE FROM THE LARGER GEM ASSOCIOTIONS OVER SEAS.


NEW OPAL CERTIFICATES.

AT THE REQUEST OF SOME MEMBERS WE HAVE CHANGED THE MEMBERSHIP CERTIFICATES TO A MORE COLOURFUL ONE USING THE MAP OF THE WORLD WITH AUSTRALIA IN IT.THIS IS A EXAMPLE OF HOW SOME ONES REQUEST BENEFITS ALL.SO IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FORWARD IT TO US.


CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICTY

SOME MEMBERS HAVE ASKED FOR A CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICTY FOR OPAL WITH THE OPAL ASSOCIATION LETTER HEAD.WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THIS AND WE WISH TO HEAR FROM MEMBERS IF WE SHOULD INCLUDE A RECOMMENDED RETAIL PRICE OR PRICE FOR INSURANCE ON THE CERTIFICATE.


NOMA

THIS IS THE NATIONAL OPAL  MINERS ASSOCIATION.YOUR PRESIDENT HAS ATTEND MEETINGS IN COOBER PEDY, LIGHTNING RIDGE AND SURFERS PARADISE.THESE MEETINGS WERE ATTENDED BY ALL THE MINERS  AND OPAL ASSOCIATIONS.IT IS ENCOURAGINING TO SEE ALL THE GROUPS WORK TO GETHER TO PROMOTE OPAL AS BEST WE CAN. WE WILL BE APPROACHING THE GOVERTMENT TO SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME FUNDING FOR RESEARCH IN TO AREAS OF CONCERN FOR THE INDUSTRY. IT WAS DECIDED TO SUPPORT A OPAL FASHION SHOW WITH ALL OPAL AND MINING  GROUPS DONATING $30,000 RETAIL OF OPAL PENDANTS AS PRIZES FOR THE $100,000 OPAL  FASHION BASH 2008.


CONCLUSION

FOR THE OPAL SYMPOSIUM IN COOBER PEDY THEY USED THE WORDS ‘’THE FUTURE IS IN OUR HANDS”  IF THERE ARE CHANGES TO BE MADE IT IS UP TO US TO DO IT .WE ALL KNOW THE STATE OF THE INDUSTRY AND THE CHALLANGERS AHEAD.NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP  NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT OUR INDUSRTY AND THE PRODUCT WE SELL.OUR INDUSTRY HAS CHALLENAGERS AND A SIMPLE VERSION OF THE CURRENT MARKET IS  OPAL USED TO SELL ITS SELF BUT NOW WE HAVE TO SELL IT..WE SHOULD ALL BE TALKING THE BEAUTY OF OPAL UP AND PROMOTING OUR INDUSTRY.WE ALL KNOW IT IS A BEAUTIFUL STONE SO LETS TELL THE WORLD ABOUT IT.

 

 

 

 

 

Australia's National Gemstone OPAL.

Australia produces 97% of the worlds opal gemstone supply.

Opals has been described as a gemstone related to quarts as an amorphous form of silica. The silica spheres produces some amazing colours.

It is formed with around 3-21% water content in weight. It may be formed in any fissures of rock and found with basalt, sandstone, limonite,

rhyolite or marl. The structure of the opal make sit diffract light therefore taking in so many different colours.

Colour of opals can range from a variety of red,blues, sunset oranges, yellow, gray, rose, magenta, pink, or green, purples.

The rarest of the colours is red. Opal makes the red colour when formed against the background of black potch.

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