LIGHTNING RIDGE OPAL MINERS FACE MASSIVE FEE INCREASE

The Lightning Ridge Miners Association is informing the opal industry that the draft Mining Regulation 2010 has been released for public consultation and submissions are due by 18 June 2010.

Maxine O’Brien, Secretary/Manager of the LRMA said this week, “the opal miners association is still in the process of analysing the regulations but at first glance the major impacts will be massive increases in fees. For example, an application fee for ordinary mineral claims will more than double”.  Following, based on information from the Industry & Investment NSW’s website is an example of some of the fee increases: – Continue reading

KASHMIR OPAL CARPET – WORLD’S FIRST

A unique Kashmir carpet set with an array of rare and expensive opals, which will be used to promote Australian opals in gemstone shows worldwide.

President of the Opal Association, Paul Sedawie unveils the world’s first Opal carpet

The president of the Opal Association, Paul Sedawie from OpalAuctions recently unveiled the world’s first Opal carpet.

The spectacular opal carpet consists of 400 Australian opals attached to a Kashmir carpet and framed. The opals are from all the main opal fields in Australia. It has numerous black opals from Lightning Ridge NSW, boulder opals from Queensland and crystal opals from Coober Pedy. Continue reading

2010 AUSTRALIAN OPAL FASHION BASH ONLY WEEKS AWAY

Miss Universe Australia Rachel Finch wearing a bolda opal pendant

The 2010 Opal Fashion Bash to be held in Townsville 8-10 April 2010, for the third year is only weeks away and is proudly sponsored by the opal industry.

The Opal Fashion Bash is a fantastic opportunity for any young aspiring models who would attend catwalk training classes and have the opportunity to win a modelling contract with Tamblyn’s Model Agency.

As the event progresses, all the entrants  grow in confidence, even if they are not all successful at this particular time.  

This years’ Opal Fashion Bash will again include Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch’s Rising Star Awards and NOMA will be supplying opal jewellery to the winners in two age divisions.

One of the most outstanding recipients of opal, Rachael Finch went onto win Miss Universe Australia in 2009 and came fourth in Miss Universe. Continue reading

FLOOD WATERS EXPECTED TO REACH LIGHTNING RIDGE OPAL FIELDS

“Flood waters from Queensland are approaching the Lightning Ridge Opal mining area but miners still have time to secure their claims if need be. While no one is sure of what the exact extent of the flood waters will be it would be wise to be prepared”,  Maxine O’Brien, Secretary/Manager of the Lightning Ridge Miners’ Association said in an alert today. Continue reading

NEW COIN WEBSITE DESIGNED TO MARKET OPAL

Wayne Sedawie says opals and coins go together very well

Wayne Sedawie says opals and coins go together very well

Founder of website business opalauctions.com Wayne Sedawie has started a new auction website online called coins-auctioned.com  which is a combined website aimed at helping to promote natures miracle, opals worldwide.

Wayne a seasoned opal seller believes that 99.9% of the world population has not had the pleasure of beholding an opal. “Traditional marketing has only targeted less than 1% of the world’s population”, said Wayne. Continue reading

STUDIES ON THE FORMATION OF PRECIOUS OPAL CONTINUE AT LIGHTNING RIDGE

Dr Patrice Rey and colleague Adriana Dutkiewicz inspecting samples on a recent visit to Coober Pedy

Dr Patrice Rey and colleague Adriana Dutkiewicz inspecting samples on a recent visit to Coober Pedy

Dr Patrice Rey, Structural geologist from the University of Sydney is at the start of a long journey to understand opal formation. Dr Rey is currently visiting Lightning Ridge with student Baptiste Journaux to look at open cuts, underground mines and opal in situ. 

Patrice has been involved in opal research for many years now. Continue reading