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Lightning Ridge Opal Mines

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Address: 63 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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+61 3 9654 4444
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09:30 - 17:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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Melbourne's Number One Experience! Come in and learn about Australia's...

Melbourne's Number One Experience! Come in and learn about Australia's National Gemstone. Browse and select from our stunning selection of opals and opal jewellery and check out our Wildlife display - a little piece of the Outback in Melbourne's CBD. We are open Mon-Fri 9.30Am - 5.30Pm and Sat/Sun from 10.00Am-5.00Pm.

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Excellent care and very interesting

Fascinating and passionate about their craft. The lizards that you can hold and touch are a fabulous bonus. Athica was a joy to listen to and even though we did not buy anything... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
robroy18
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fascinating and passionate about their craft. The lizards that you can hold and touch are a fabulous bonus. Athica was a joy to listen to and even though we did not buy anything this time we will be back.

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hi, We're truly grateful for your kind words. The lizards are fantastic, aren't they? And the opals are pretty nice too! Thanks for the five star endorsement. More 

Benalla, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Walking past the door, the name caught my eye and I went down into a little basement area in the centre of Melbourne to see a room full of opals. A lovely young girl showed a small group of us how opals are discovereed, polished and mounted. Lots of interesting items for sale, over a huge variety of prices, and... More 

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lavenderpie, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Lovely review Anne-Marie. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines has everything you wanted to know about Opals from the man who dug the holes, found the opals, and brought them to Melbourne. Nick has met many people over his years and his presentation skills were amazing. he showed us how to spot an opal, how to grind them into a piece of art and then... More 

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hi Richard. Fantastic review. It's so great that you've take time out to review us, and especially love "THE place to go" headline. Thank you so much! More 

Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Hidden gem! Free lessons on opals, beautiful opals and opal jewelry, all price ranges. Nicholas is a treasure who loves his craft and business. He is a very sharing person and has a small room containing several native creature specimens. Clean shop. Great to work with all personnel. I will return to this place if I ever get back to... More 

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hey there! Thanks for the brilliant review of our shop. Good to hear that you enjoyed your education and the lizards and snakes. More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Small place but incredible stuff in there. Please do not miss meeting Mr. Nick, he will tell you what is it all about, process, places, experiences; plus he has and outstanding energy. People you wanna meet in lifetime. Excellent place, all the best!

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

What an impressive headline! We're really grateful for the outstanding review and would like to thank you for taking the time to do this for us. Glad you enjoyed your experience. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Set foot and walked sevetal blocks from Crown Plaza Hotel down to Elizabeth Street to be greeted by Atheka, the daughter of the owner was very patient for a brief Opal Lessons 101. She showed me how the precious stones were carved from rocks. Also part of the lesson was how doublets and triplets are made. Likewise she also taught... More 

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hi Daniel. Thank you so much for your comprehensive review. I remember you well, and thank you for your patience on what was a very hectic morning. I'm so pleased that you learned a lot from your Opal 101! We'd love to see the finished piece of jewellery if you get it made. Thanks again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I wanted to buy my niece a special 18th bday/high school graduation present while I'm here in Melbourne on business -- and naturally I thought opal jewelry would be perfect. After browsing in a few jewelry stores -- it quickly became apparent I had no idea what I was doing and would likely be ripped off. I found Lightening Ridge... More 

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buchu444, Owner at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Dear John L, Thanks for your great endorsement of our store. We're really pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and learned all about our national gemstone. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Nice family owned shop with excellent demos and fair prices for the opals. Ended up with an excellent boulder opal. The place is hard to locate but call and they will happily guide you in.

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Thank AnaBellAna
buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We're still working on our signage and street visibility, so hopefully soon it won't be so much of a puzzle to find us! Enjoy your gorgeous opal and thanks again. More 

El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

My husband and I stopped in the Lightning Ridge Opal Mine Store on Elizabeth Street to escape the rain. Our visit started with a review of how opals are formed, mined and brought to market. We even got to see the polishing of an opal. After the lesson in mining, cutting and polishing we met the Blue Tongued Lizard that... More 

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hi! I'm so glad that you had a great time in our store, and thank you so much for the positive review. More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

Came here on a wet morning. Very nice ladies who will tell you all about opals and if you wish to buy you can - or not, no pressure. Beautiful gems

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buchu444, Manager at Lightning Ridge Opal Mines, responded to this review

Hi Lesley. Thank you very much for taking the time to review our business. We're really grateful for the kind words and the 4 stars! More 

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