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Low grade opal available for designers..

1st November 2016.

It has long been the goal of the International opal Jewellery Design Awards Association (IOJDAA), to encourage the participation of non-professional jewellery entrants in its biennial event.

The 2017 International opal Jewellery Design Awards Competition, awards presentation Dinner and Opal Trade Show will be held Thursday July 27th-Sunday 30th July.

In 2017 we want to ensure that all opal jewellery enthusiasts are not inhibited from entering the Alf and Margarite White Memorial category of the biennial International Opal Jewellery Design Awards Competition.

Providing a category for Non Professional Jewellers provides the opportunity they require to gain exposure and possible recognition for their valued efforts.

A request for suitable material is being publicized via the Lightning Ridge Miners Association Newsletter.

Sourcing suitable material, low grade freeform and/or undulating cut opal), which is the criteria for the focal piece of opal in the overall design, can be quite difficult.

It may be that suitable low grade potch and colour could be made available to a number of institutes and cutting to the requirements would be their responsibility.

Additional low grade calibrated stones may also be required to compliment the overall design
A register of miners/ wholesalers interested in the provision of low grade material for the purpose outlined could be provided to potential entrants to deal with directly.

The entrants/ institutes are then at liberty to negotiate all costs if applicable including freight.
Broadening the Alf and Margarite White Memorial category and limiting the overall value of the completed piece further encourages the entrant who may have been daunted by the prospect of competing with the value of the opal rather than the workmanship involved.

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