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Opal Time

About Us

The Opal Time Story

At Opal Time we believe in real natural opal (you will not find any doublet or triplet opal in our shop)

Together, Harri Maenpaa and Ben Bloore have over 50 years experience in opal mining, opal cutting and jewellery making. They are so committed to bringing you the best opals Australia has to offer, they source opals directly from the mines and manufacture all of their own jewellery.They started trading at their current location in early 2015 after spending the last 15 years selling opals at the Port Douglas and Cairns markets.

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Ben has been handcrafting jewellery and cutting opal since 1992. The diverse patterns and colours of Queensland Boulder Opals has kept him interested and inspired. It is his opinion that Boulder Opal is the most magnificent gem mother nature has produced.

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Once Ben mastered cutting and polishing Boulder Opals, he was finally able to make the original boulder opal jewellery he wanted to create. Taught by some of the best opal cutters in the industry and from the hands on experience of cutting thousands of Boulder Opals, his final products are Boulder Opals set in modern and original designs using Australian Gold and Sterling Silver.

Harri began the opal trade right at the source, the opal mines of South Australia. In the early 80's, his father begged him to come and help dig for opal they were finding in the Mintabie opal field near Coober Pedy. They were digging at a relatively new field and did well in the early years, investing a lot back into machinery and fuel. After 20 years or so of digging and looking for opal, Harri became more involved in the cutting and polishing of opal, later moving on to valuing opal and then setting the best of these gems into jewellery.

The Opal Time or OpalBar shop will have a huge range of products available for you to look at and purchase, come and visit us if you are in the area.
Opal Time: 5c Coondoo Street, Kuranda, Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
OpalBar: 12 Main Street, Mt Molloy, Far North Queensland.

Feel confident in purchasing quality natural opals from us instore or online. Boulder Opals, Black Opals, White Opals and Gold Nuggets