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"The Opal -
Australia's National Gemstone”

Formed over 100 million years ago, the Australian Opal captures the essence of natural beauty.    

With over 40 years experience in the Opal industry, Lightning Ridge Opal Mines brings you the finest Opal shopping in the world.   

Our beautiful opals are available now from our showroom and can also be purchased using safe and secure PayPal direct from our website.

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines is Melbourne's Number One Opal Experience. Come into our showroom to learn all about opals. Our in-depth opal lesson features opal cutting, mining information and valuation procedures. We also have a small wildlife display - a little piece of the outback in Melbourne's CBD!


Mon-Fri  9.30am - 5.30pm

Sat      10.00am - 5.00pm

Sun     10.00am - 5.00pm



The Le Souef 

From Nick Le Souef's first trip to the opal fields at the age of 19, Lightning Ridge Opal Mines has developed into one of Australia's most highly regarded Opal businesses. Family owned and operated, Nick works with his son and daughter, Jonas and Atheka, to bring you Australia's most beautiful opals. Opal miners and cutters for over 40 years, most of our opals are hand-cut in-store by Nick or Jonas.

Our aim is to educate our customers so that they can make an informed choice when purchasing an opal.Visitors to our showroom will be given an in-depth Opal lesson which includes  their classification and valuation, as well as cutting and polishing demonstrations.

More about the Le Souef family...


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Choosing an Opal

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines offers a range of beautiful Opal Jewellery and unset Opals for purchase from our Melbourne showroom, or from our online Opal Catalogue. 

    Why shop with us?

  • 14 day money back guarantee

  • World-wide shipping

  • Secure shopping via PayPal

  • Free shipping over $200

Nick and Jonas with a couple of our reptilian friends!
Melbourne 175 Flinders Lane, VIC 3000 (03) 9654 4444
Melbourne     Coober Pedy