Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, Melbourne

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Learn more about one of the most coveted gemstones at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines. Join a tour where the staff will take you through the complex and introduce you to the different types of opal. You'll see how they are processed and treated from mine to market, including the ways they're crafted into jewelry and other pieces. Afterwards, stop in the shop to browse items at reasonable prices. Use our Melbourne vacation trip planner to visit Lightning Ridge Opal Mines on your trip to Melbourne, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 2, 2017
    Not to be missed! Our family had spent the entire day shopping around for an opal and whilst visiting the usual arcades and even an opal shop opposite the town hall, we could not find something that s...  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Ive bought boulder opals last year but realized I made the wrong choices. I emailed to inform Atheka about my plan of returning the boulder opals to be exhanged for items of my choice. Atheka replied ...  more »
  • July 18, 2017
    I concur fully with other positive reviews, and am so pleased I read my visitor guide, as our time spent here was very enjoyable and informative. A wonderful lady member of staff from Uruguay took us ...  more »
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  • We were looking for a base range opal and has been to 2 other opal shops in the city. They are either too snobbish or dishonest. This shop however was a breath of fresh air. First we were greeted by Nic who is super friendly and a down to earth guy. He showed us his outback pets collection and demonstrated how to sand the opal. Then the staffs took over to explain more about the opal. And they just left us alone to pick what we like. They even allow us to bring it out to see it under the sunlight. All pricing was clear and organized. Would definitely recommend this place!
  • Brilliant. Beautiful opals at a range of prices, and history behind them. The service was great, and there was even wildlife available to look at! If you're in the market for opals, this is where you need to be. Couldn't recommend more.
  • Can't wait to vist when down under from Mpls,MN.
  • Excellent servo great price and beutiful free opals. Other jewellery shops should follow Lightning Ridge Opal shop's examples.
  • Always found this place having the most character, authentic and friendly service. Must see if you are in the market for opals.

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