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harryopal:
Curious for comments from any other opal enthusiasts. With the economic impact of Covid I would assume there is a huge slump in sales across the spectrum from opal rough, polished stones and opal jewellery.


I have been in Indonesia now for four years. Before leaving Aus I had a handcraft shop, cut and polished opal and fabricated jewellery. I occasionally look at Ebay and am surprised at the prices being asked for rough or polished stones. Particularly with prices being asked for boulder opal.


I would have thought that mining costs and slow demand might cause a slump or is it that less production has led to higher prices?

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