Opals: How to choose the best gems

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AUS­TRALIAN OPAL IS NOT ONLY THE WORLD’S MOST FAS­CI­NAT­ING AND COLOUR­FUL GEMSTONE, IT CAN ALSO BE A SOUND LONG-TERM IN­VEST­MENT.

Aus­tralia’s na­tional gemstone. Aus­tralia pro­duces a large per­cent­age of the world’s finest qual­ity opal, recog­nised through­out the ma­jor gem cen­tres of the world as a rare and pre­cious gemstone. This is why so many over­seas vis­i­tors pur­chase their opal when they visit Aus­tralia.

The his­tory of opal goes back to the 1st Cen­tury AD when Pliny wrote of opal as the ‘Queen of Gems’. In Ro­man times it was in­cluded in the crown of the Holy Ro­man Em­peror. Ru­mour has it that the Ro­man se­na­tor, No­nius, pre­ferred ex­ile rather than sell his valu­able opal to Mark An­thony for pre­sen­ta­tion to Cleopa­tra.

Opal and pearl jew­ellery from Ana­nia Jewellers.

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