BOOKS & VIDEOS

Please come and browse through the Book Section.

The Book Section has been provided for people who can not readily gain access to books on opal and allied subjects
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Rivers ,Plains and Opal

Life in the Walget Shire

This book is by Walget Shire Council.

The major opal field of Lightning Ridge comes under the control of Walgt Shire Council of North Western,New South Wales.

This small book is a lovely collection of pictures with some text on the life around the Opal District.

Beautiful Boulder Opal -Special Edition 2003

These have been produce by popular demand.
The books already in the series have become collector items.
Lovely pictures and a variety of places.
This is of the same high quality that Len's readers have come to expect.

A very nice small gift

Len Cram has allowed me to take extracts from his large assortment of books and referance material. This material on Opal and allied subjects can be found in our Shop Talk section . Please use this as referance for your further study of opal.

Opal Diary

A Perpetual Diary

This book is by Len Cram

A small colored book in the style of Len's books.
Each page has pictures of opal and the out back areas of Australia's opal country.

Each page has space to write those important dates so you don't forget.

 

Beautiful Lightning Ridge

A very lovely book in the tradition of opal books by the famous author Len Cram
Now hard to get the price has gone up
Len Cram has allowed me to take extracts from his large assortment of books and referance material. This material on Opal and allied subjects can be found in our Shop Talk section . Please use this as referance for your further study of opal.

They Struck Opal (Soft Cover)

This is the first reprint of the book by E.F.Murphy
First Printed in 1948 in hard cover. This is the first time release in a soft cover. The hard cover reprint was restricted to fifty copies these were for Libaries and institutions the opal shop has some of these copies as well as these soft cover version

Beautiful Coober Pedy

Now out of print- For the collector
Len Cram has allowed me to take extracts from his large assortment of books and referance material. This material on Opal and allied subjects can be found in our Shop Talk section . Please use this as referance for your further study of opal.

Beautiful Opal

Now out of print only a few left for the collector
Len Cram has allowed me to take extracts from his large assortment of books and referance material. This material on Opal and allied subjects can be found in our Shop Talk section . Please use this as referance for your further study of opal.

A Comprehensive Guide to Cutting and Orientating

 

A Comprehensive Guide to Cutting
and Orientating

Experienced opal cutter Greg Pardy has published this insightly 204 page hard-cover book.

Opal cutting is an art and art cannot be fully expressed in words... SInce 'a picture is worth a thousand words', this beautifully written guide, illustrated with colour photos will guide you to being a top opal cutter.

Check out the companion video from Greg Pardy also available on this site..

Price:
 
A$ 20.00 (Member's Special)

Guide to Cutting and Orientating Black Opal — NTSC format only --- No Dust cover Reduced to only A$25

A Comprehensive Guide to Cutting and Orientating Black Opal by Greg Pardey

What do you get?

A broadcast quality 1 hour 53 minutes video showing 'over the shoulder' detail. You could not see more on how to cut a black opal nobby from start to finish even if you were in the workshop. Also on the tape- how to cut a doublet and triplet black opal. Some of the footage is even in slow motion.The same methods can be employed for white and some boulder opal.

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Testamonial

The book and video set has sold out only the video and book are is still available seperatley
Check out the companion book from Greg Pardy also available on this site.

This is a bit close to home, but true.

My son, aged 10 1/2, had to go into hospital a couple of months ago. It was nothing too serious. What should I give him for being good? I had one video and book left from an earlier shipment. I know this sounds stingy. My boy was sharing the room after the operation with another little boy about the same age. So in I walk,"Hello, how are you? Here's something for you", I say. Luckily there was a video machine there. In goes the video tape and on with the show. My son had watched me at home before but as the flick continued the other boy started in wanting  to know more all the way through. My son had never seen what can be done with a rock before. He went away with the bug.
A couple of weeks later my son and I went to a gem show. With his own money, my son bought some cast settings . Asking what he wanted them for, he said that the settings were for the opals he was going to cut.You guessed it! He had gone through the buckets of rough I have and found what he thought was value for money. (He did offer to pay for any thing) Then goes back up stairs and watches the video. He goes up and down the stairs a couple of times and Hey. presto, gifts for the special grannies for their respective birthdays.

Don't be surprised to see him here in the next year or two with his own stones.

If he can do it, so can you.

Coober Pedy Video

A very informative video on Coober Pedy

 

"Coober Pedy- The Opal capital"
 Limited stock
"Coober Pedy- The Opal Capital" is a new video that brings you a taste of the unique life in the opal mining capital of the world. We take you on a tour of the region and experience sights that not even the tourists get to see. Some of the locals have never been to the places that we take you in this very special program.

Here is some of the opal you will see. Not bad!

This pretty lass is your guide Nicole, not a miner

You will meet opal miners up to their armpits in sweat and dirt.

See the opal as it comes out of the ground.

Join tourists on holiday in a luxury underground hotel.

Discover an alien-like landscape from the air.

There is more to Coober Pedy than opal. See deals being made. The unique buildings a bit more than dug outs. If there was a wild west of Australia this is the sort of place that would be on the map
Entire ancient shells have now become solid opal. This specimen has been valued at $750,000. But in reality, it's priceless. A rare object of beauty, offered to us by Nature. You can see it free at the Big Winch. What is the big winch get the video and find out?