Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Remembrance...

Dev and I both have family in the military. My nephew just currently at boot camp for the army. He's going to be a medic. We both worried and so very proud of him!

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Opal Yawah Nuts and a chance to help a friend


Okay.. first check out this video!
Hopefully Dev will share his story about the purchase of the first half of this opal.

Devin came home from Tucson one year and told me all about this wonderful opal lady he met. He couldn't say enough nice things about Barbara. We so saddened to learned that she is in stage 4 cancer treatment.

This was her message in the current issue of The Opal Express:

"To my AOS friends,
As many of you have probably heard, the big C stage IV is wrestling me about. I'm not going down without a fight but am wise enough to know that I need to put my inventory out there quickly. Inventory such as special specimens of both the Ridge and Yowah and Koroit opals that I tucked into bookshelves, back of drawers, and in special velvet bags for my viewing and fondling pleasure over the years. However, co-pays demanded before treatments make it necessary to sell. I can not think of a more appreciative group of opal lovers who would be insterested."

I hope you will keep Barbara in your prayers, as I know she will be in ours. And if you can help her out by purchasing an opal or two, that would be wonderful.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Announcing the 2010 Faceting Competition!

Details here!

We hope you will join in the fun!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Contest: Guess the number of rocks!

We started this contest at our Halloween Party. Since no one answered correctly, we decided to just keep going until someone wins!

The person who correctly guesses the number of rocks in the photo wins! In the case of a more than one correct guess, the winner will be drawn at random by Diva.

Yes, we know.. you can't see all the rocks! This is our version of guess the number of marbles in the jar. You have to make an educated guess!

You are welcome to discuss the contest here, but please email us your "official" guess to

The prize: $50 gift certificate.

Winner will be announced on the forum and in the newsletter next week.

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