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This is the Story of Opals
The South Australian Museum has held many recent standout exhibitions including the sparkling Iridescence and the Anzang Nature Photography Exhibition in 2015. Now there is another exceptional exhibition to explore. Opals examines all things connected with these most precious stones. The mining, beauty, diversity and the isolated geography of Australia.
Opals are millions of years in the making and outback South Australia has a wealth of them. Where once there was an ancient inland sea now there is a desert. But unearthed in this desert are the vivid colour prisms of opals. This is a celebration of these glittering gemstones. This exhibition gives the impression of opals as if an artist has painted these ancient rocks with a lasting legacy of beauty.
The visitor begins the opal journey with the story of where and how opals originated from in Australia, ancient secrets exposed. Then travels through three 'rooms' of underground mines. Kids are sure to love this section. There are many further stories on how opals are mined including some magnificent and majestic opal pieces. My standout opal piece among many was the Andamooka Painted Lady. This huge piece has three layers of opal colour. From sky blue threads, to blue grey and then a dark marine like blue. It looks like magical glossy, glimmering paint over cold hard rock.
The final room in this exhibition is dark walled with display cabinets decked out in black cloth. Inside are exquisite opal jewellry pieces. The exhibition has its own catalogue and other merchandise featuring opals. This is the story of opals, a display that is both educational and beautiful.