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The National Opal Collection
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Level 1, 119 Swanston St. Melbourne. Melbourne, VIC, 3000.
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The national opal collection is australia's leading supplier of opals including beautiful black opals, light opals and boulder opals as well as exquisite opal jewellery. Amongst our most important pieces is ??nessie?� the opalised skeleton of a ferocious marine reptile known as a pliosaur. The noc has faithfully recreated the history of opal with graphic life-size dioramas of the dinosaur age. Rare opalised fossils of animals and plants are featured alongside specially sculptured and faithfully recreated life-like models of the original animals. See opalized fossils of prehistoric animals and plants displayed amongst three dimensional dioramas of pre-historic australia. Discover the link between opals and the dinosaur. Not only will you be buying with confidence at competitive prices, you will also enjoy our incredible opal museum displays. The national opal collection is vertically integrated and able to provide opals direct from the opal mines to you. We are involved in opal mining, opal cutting, jewellery design and manufacture. Located in the heart of sydney and melbourne and showcased in two stunning showrooms, the national opal collection is a treasure trove of beautiful australian opals and includes souvenir items to collector's opals. These large beasts ruled the seas 100 million years ago. It??s the nearest thing to entering an opal mine when you visit our two museums in sydney and melbourne.

The National Opal Collection showrooms are retail venues with a difference. Shoppers will appreciate the maximum competitive prices and tax release shopping is available for overseas visitors. Guests can also marvel at the world class display of opalised fossils and specimens from the dinosaur age. Over time, The National Opal Collection has assembled the world’s most crucial collection of opalised fossils and specimens and displayed them in a unique environment of dioramas depicting prehistoric Australia through to vogue day opal mining. Buyers appreciate huge value as The National Opal Collection is vertically integrated and involved in every step of the process from owning opal mines, cutting and polishing, wholesale and export, design and jewellery manufacturing. For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the magnificent purple of the amethyst, the sea green of the emerald, all glittering together in an splendid mixture of light. No other gemstone can display all the colors of the spectrum in such an infinite variety of shades, patterns and brilliance. No two are identical for this reason the elated owner can please in the fact that their gem is unique.

Today, Cody Opal and Gemtec are recognized around the world as the major source not only for opal but also for information on opal, having featured in countless film documentaries and press articles. Both Cody and Gemtec are major exporters to the gem and jewellery trade within the major markets of the USA, Japan and Europe. The National Opal Collection has assisted the Australian Museum with crucial research into the genesis of opal formation and loaned the Museum specimens of meaningful scientific value. These efforts will also ensure that invaluable opalised fossils can be procured and remain in Australia for tomorrow generations to enjoy. Titled Opal and the Dinosaur Discover the Link’, it attracted many thousands of visitors, customary media interest and was acclaimed by the BIA as the maximum triumphant exhibit they had ever done. The National Opal Collection has also toured Japan from 2006 2010 showcasing a important part of the collection to Japanese audiences all around the country. Onomacritus, an ancient Greek poet wrote the gentle color and tenderness of the opal reminded him of a loving and beautiful child. However, it was the Romans who popularized them over two thousand years ago. Opals from this era are thought to have come from Cernowitz, a mountainous region in what was at that time Hungary, but now Slovakia. Pliny the Elder wrote the beginning Instinctive History of the World in the beginning century AD. In this maximum crucial publication he wrote that Opal was the maximum highly precious and prized of all gemstones in the Empire. Pliny wrote that price was set according to the decree generally set down and pronounced by our pleasing and costly dames ! For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea green of the emerald, all glittering together in an wonderful mixture of light. The Senator preferred to be turned out of house and home than piece with his opal. According to Kozminsky the ring was discovered in the tomb of the steady willed Senator early in the twentieth century. Opal has been old in the crowns of kings the crown jewels of France included fine specimens of opal, and the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor contained an opal stone. Napoleon presented his Empress Josephine with the Burning of Troy, a magnificent opal with brilliant red flashes. Queen

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