Down to Earth Opals
Down to Earth Opals
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Speciality & Gift ShopsPaint & Pottery StudiosLessons & Workshops
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Come and visit the most amazing opal shop in the universe! Stunning opal experience with a bespoke floor never seen before reproducing the cracked earth of the puddling dams where opal dirt is washed and our gems are found. Hundreds of loose opals and jewellery items on display with one of the largest collection of carved precious opal anywhere. Triplet and doublet opal jewellery available along with one-of-a-kind hand made solid opal jewellery pieces in solid gold and sterling silver. Complemented by an array of opal related products and gifts to suit everyone. FREE public cutting and polishing demonstrations in our state of the art workshop every Wednesday and Friday from 3:30pm (mid March till mid October). No booking required, just turn up and claim a spot - we rotate groups approx at 20 minute intervals. If you have some opal specimens that you found while fossicking, bring them along and if time permits, we will polish one or two for you. Fully air conditioned all year around!
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Maria P
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Oct 2023 • Family
Can't thank the team at Down To Earth Opals enough for their friendly excellent service, professionalism and knowledge of opals. We were there a few months ago during the October long weekend and happened to turn up to their free demonstration with our opal. Through consultation they polished, designed and created my pendant. This was sent to me in Sydney by mail. When I opened my package WOW my silver opal pendant set looked amazing!!!

Written 26 December 2023
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Matt H
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Aug 2023 • Family
Both Lou (hope I’m spelling it correctly) and Brett just made our two days in Lightning Ridge! Our two families, 4 adults n 5 kids, visited the store on our first morning. We were met by Lou who welcomed us all including the five kids! She engaged with the kids and inspired them so much, gave heaps of tips and said we must come back to show her what we found and would also introduce us to Brett who cuts and polishes the opals. That afternoon the kids couldn’t wait to go and show Lou their finds! On our last afternoon the kids wanted to show Lou and Brett their finds again for that day. Brett took us all out the back to show us about the cutting process and gave a bit of a rub to some of the kids opals. Our deepest Thank You to all the team at Down to Earth Opals! Beautiful store with stunning opals for every budget!
Highly Recommended!
Written 17 September 2023
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Wow! Lou and Brett are stoked with your comments and they both remember you folks well. Really appreciate your very kind words. Hope to see you again sometime.
Written 26 September 2023
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B F
2 contributions
July 2022
An amazing shop with a large assortment of beautiful opal jewellery and solid opals. The staff were fantastic and very generous with their time and their knowledge. The free polishing demonstration was a highlight for the kids who were able to bring their little bits of opal they had found noodling and polish those.
Written 18 July 2022
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Thanks for your review. Kids always love seeing what their opal "finds" might turn into and its a fun and interactive journey for everyone. Glad we helped make your stay fun and exciting.
Written 26 September 2023
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mudbrays
Mudgee, Australia20 contributions
June 2022 • Couples
The opal shop, including the amazing floor, is absolutely stunning. The opals & their settings are truly beautiful. Vicki is such a talented designer. We were fortunate to be part of an opal cutting demonstration by Andrew. A very interesting demonstration. Apart from opals there are other goodies to be purchased including art works & products from Utopia.
We always love visiting Down to Earth Opals when we are in Lightning Ridge.
Written 4 June 2022
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Thanks for your kind words. We aim to please in all respects. See you next time.
Written 4 July 2022
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Opalite-explorer
Lake Macquarie, Australia101 contributions
June 2022 • Couples
From the moment we entered to store we felt like family! Vicki was amazing and a great advocate for Lightning Ridge and all things opal.
If you are in town, have no doubt this is the store to visit. Just a fabulous experience!
Written 1 June 2022
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Just don't lick an opal as you'll get 'opal fever' just like us :)
Written 4 July 2022
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Margaret B
Queensland, Australia632 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
It was a pleasure to walk into this spacious, well presented and well designed shop to view the amazing range of beautiful opal jewellery. My special thanks to Brett for our discussions on opals and his explanation of solid, doublet triplet, and some beautiful pieces of boulder opal. There is also a range of unique jewellery apart from the opals and this is well worth a look. I was very happy with my purchase from this collection. All staff are very knowledgeable and friendly and only too happy to assist or explain the process of how opals are mined. Make Down to Earth Opals your first stop shop!!
Written 5 May 2022
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Thanks Margaret for the kind words. Brett is an accomplished opal cutter and opal carver and we are thrilled to have him in our family business. We continue to innovate and strive for perfection in everything we do.
Written 4 July 2022
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trophyboat1234
188 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Staff here a super knowledgeable and very friendly. Staff remembered us 3 days later. Amazing opals (wish I could buy them all) and lots of other treasures in the shop. So happy with my purchases
Written 24 April 2022
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Hi, we are very appreciative of your kind words. Our team always looks forward to the hard questions about opal as that is our passion. Cheers Vicki, Kristi, Sue, Lisa, Brett and Andrew
Written 28 April 2022
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andrewd6800
49 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Down to Earth Opals is one of those shops you walk into and it takes your breath away. An amazing array of beautifully presented opals of all shapes and sizes. Sue was friendly and thoughtful in helping us pick out an opal and Andrew and Vicki the owners were super friendly and gave freely of their time on a rainy Sunday to explain everything about the history of opals in Lighting Ridge and how they are formed. Thanks Andrew for the impromptu cutting demonstration! It’s clear the DTEO team are super passionate about opals and sharing that passion with visitors. Absolutely a must visit when you come to Lightning Ridge.
Written 3 April 2022
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Thanks guys for your kind comments. It was a fun afternoon and lucky to be out of the rain, wind and thunderstorms happening around us. Hope to see you again.
Written 9 April 2022
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Sue W
2 contributions
June 2021
Whilst in Lightning Ridge recently, we visited Down to Earth Opals on a number of occasions. The staff were so knowledgeable and explained to us the difference between opals and what we should look for. They did not pressure us to buy, even though they knew we were interested. We felt very comfortable and consequently on our fourth visit we purchased the most beautiful carved Opal pendant. We would like to thank those staff for their patience!

This modern shop is beautifully presented with the most unusual flooring. It is a pleasure to have been there and we hope to be back.

Sue and Tony Webster
Written 9 July 2021
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Hi Sue and Tony So sorry for the late reply. We do hope to see you again soon. Trust you are enjoying your opal jewellery. When you were here if we did not have the time or opportunity to take you into our workroom please do not hesitate to ask on your next visit. That is where the rough opal is expertly cut or carved into the beautiful stones that you see in our showroom. We are always happy to demonstrate the process if time permits. As you saw, our one-of-a-kind commercial vinyl floor exhibits the photographic image of one of the opal washing/puddling dams where opal dirt is broken down into a clay slurry that then settles in a vast open dam. As the moisture evaporates, the clay cracks into spectacular patterns and colours. The dams are places that are off limits to visitors so this is a rare opportunity to enjoy the magic. Cheers Andrew and Brett (cutters); Vicki (rock-boss); Sue, Kristi and Lisa (no pressure customer service).
Written 28 April 2022
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Brad089
3 contributions
Nov 2020 • Couples
Very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff, I will definitely be back to buy more.
The best place to buy opal in lightning Ridge
Written 6 December 2020
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We have completely renovated our shop during Jan-Mar 2021. A brand new experience, almost double the floorspace, new technology, an incredible first of its kind floor, with much more opal out on display including the famous "Fire and Ice" black opal carving recently featured on Outback Opal Hunters. Hope to see you again soon.
Written 1 July 2021
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