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The Australian Opal

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The Australian Opal

Formed over 100 million years ago, the Australian Opal captures the essence of natural beauty.

With over 40 years experience in the Opal industry, Lightning Ridge Opal Mines brings you the finest Opal shopping in the world.

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines is Melbourne's Number One Opal Experience. Come into our showroom to learn all about opals. Our in-depth opal lesson features opal cutting, mining information and valuation procedures. We also have a small wildlife display - a little piece of the outback in Melbourne's CBD!

About Us

From Nick Le Souëf's first trip to the opal fields at the age of 19, Lightning Ridge Opal Mines has developed into one of Australia's most highly regarded Opal businesses. Family owned and operated, Jonas and Atheka work to bring you Australia's most beautiful opals. Opal miners and cutters for over 40 years, most of our opals are hand-cut in-store by Jonas.

Our aim is to educate our customers so that they can make an informed choice when purchasing an opal.Visitors to our showroom will be given an in-depth Opal lesson which includes their classification and valuation, as well as cutting and polishing demonstrations. 

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