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. Using our international travel planner, Melbourne attractions like Lightning Ridge Opal Mines can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The jewelry selection was terrific. The young blonde woman was sho helpful. We also enjoyed the history and wildlife.  more »
  • A very different store to buy and understand the opal. A beautiful discovery and the sense of knowing what you buy.
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  • 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 »
  • I don’t always look at reviews, but when searching for opal places in the city, these guys had the best reviews and now I know why! They did not disappoint. Thanks to the team for showing me around, teaching me a thing or two about opals and for sorting out an Opal pendant I had made. Fantastic customer service!! I also went in to look at a couple other opal places and didnt even get a hello, let alone any help! Lightning Ridge all the way!!
  • Great spot and the staff are incredibly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Don't need to be a mining & exploration/opal buff to find it interesting, would certainly recommend.
  • 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!
  • This is a great place to check out opals. Nice collection and great staff!!! Serena was very helpful !!!
  • 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.

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