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Opal: Australia's National Gemstone

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Opal: Australia's National Gemstone

Opal is one of Australia’s official national symbols representing our cultural life and history. 27 July 1993 marked the day opal was officially proclaimed Australia’s national gemstone. Opals are famous for their brilliant colours. In Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, the opal was created when the colours of the rainbow touched the earth. The opal is also known as the fire of the desert. Australia produces 90-95% of the world’s precious opal from extensive deposits in New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland. Over the years, Australia has been home to many discoveries of valuable opals, including the Fire of Australia, the...

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Holiday Trading Hours 2021/2022

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Holiday Trading Hours 2021/2022

Here at Fremantle Opals, we'll be taking a few days off to rest, recharge and prepare for the new year. Our trading hours over the holiday period are as follows:

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Christmas Trading Hours 2021

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Christmas Trading Hours 2021

We're feeling festive! We'll be open every day through Christmas Eve, so you've got every chance to come down to Freo and find the perfect opal gift. You'll find us at 61 Market Street, right in the heart of Fremantle. Can't make it to Freo? A selection of our unique loose opal, pendants, rings and earrings are available here on our online store.

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COVID-19 and jewellery care: What you need to know

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COVID-19 and jewellery care: What you need to know

While experts are still learning about COVID-19 (coronavirus), hand washing is recommended as one of the most effective practices that help prevent the spread. If wearing jewellery is part of your routine, you could be wondering if you should wear it, what effect constant hand washing and sanitising has (if any) and best practices for keeping yourself and others around you healthy at this time. Here are a few things to consider: USE COMMON SENSEThe key advice is to keep your hands washed and not to touch your face. If you’re washing often and wear rings, you may notice some irritation. Consider...

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Opal Legends

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Opal Legends

Opals have a long and storied history, spanning thousands of years. True or not, opal legends and myths are indeed fascinating and add to the uniqueness of our favourite gemstone. Marc Antony and the opal he coveted A famous Roman story tells of a magnificent, hazelnut-sized opal that was set in a ring and owned by senator Nonius. Roman General, Mark Antony, was so enthralled by the movement of light and colour in the ring that he coveted it, wanting to gift it to Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. It was said that the coloured light in the opal reminded...

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