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[NZ and Australia] Jewelry Attractions

In 2 weeks we are going to be visiting our daughter in Melbourne,
Australia, with trips to Sydney and Brisbane. On the way, we will be
spending 5 days on the North Island of New Zealand–Auckland,
travelling down to Whakatane, Rotorua and Hamilton.

I would appreciate it if Orchid members from those areas would
contact me directly to let me know where I can see good handcrafted
jewelry. Also would appreciate on purchasing good opals.
I’ve heard that I’ll probably not get any bargains; however, I want
to purchase enough to be able to claim part of the trip as a business
trip. I’m studying the Paul Downing book on Opals, so I can feel a
little more comfortable with what I am seeing and considering. (And
if anyone knows of a beekeeper and/or blueberry or raspberry grower
anywhere, my husband would appreciate knowing about that, too.)

Many thanks!
Linda Sorensen

Dear Linda

If you are going to Sydney you must go down to the Rocks on the
weekend. Its one of the best art and craft market, also all the
shops in the area are crafty. Just do not buy opals there. A rule in
Sydney is, never buy opal from a shop where the prizes are displayed
in Japanese yen as well.

On Circle Quay you will find some galleries as well. It worth the
walk down by the water there anyway.

If you are hoping to find cheap opals, you can, but be prepared to
drive down to Lighting Ridge. You can buy good black opal for the
fraction of the price. Its a cool little town with not much but dirt,
dust and lots of opal. If you want I can give you some contacts for
Opals on the Gold Coast as well Which is about an hours drive from
Brisbane. (thats where I live).

Its so much to do at both cities, and if you want anything specific,
let me know.

And if you are driving from Sydney to Brisbane, you will find plenty
of bee keepers as well.

The shops you must visit are

Craft Victoria
31 Flinders Lane

eg etal
2 addresses
185 Little Collins St


basement 167 Flinders Lane

Makers Mark
101 Collins St

Gallery Funaki
4 Crossley St
Alice Euphemia

Shop 6 Cathedral Arcade
37 Swanston St

Lightning Ridge Opal Mines
175 Flinders Lane

These 7 are all in the central city

On Brunswick St, Fitzroy is

Studio Ingot
234 Brunswick St


Ditto Day
336 Brunswick St
(a lot of imported stuff but some local pieces, including mine)

you will probably be going to Brunswick St with your daughter for a
meal so just make sure you’ve got a bit of extra time.

Feel free to contact me off list if you would like more info or to

in Melbourne where Summer has gone and it is really Autumn.

These 7 are all in the central city 

And make this another must-see, also in the Sydney central business

Gallery OneFiveSix
p: +61 2 9280 4156
P.O. Box 1279, Darlinghurst, 1300
156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills 2010


Gallery OneFiveSix
P.O. Box 1279, Darlinghurst, 1300
156 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills 2010

Bad news, I am afraid: Gallery OneFiveSix no longer exists! It
closed end of January.

Francine Haywood in Sydney