The date has been sent for the 9th National Opal symposium which will hosted be by the LRMA and held in Lightning Ridge on 23-25 July 2018. The couple of days before the 2018 Opal Festival.

The LRMA has put together a committee to organise the Symposium which includes – LRMA President Sebastian Deisenberger, LRMA Director Kelly Tishler, LRMA Secretary Maxine O’Brien, Australian Opal Centre Manager Jenni Brammall, LRMA supporter Ruth Benjamin-Thomas and Paul Dale from the Division of Resources & Geosciences.

Over the coming months the committee will decide upon the program and presenters and the various social functions to augment the Symposium. All ideas gratefully received.

The first task was to produce a fridge magnet to promote the Symposium and advise the opal industry of the date.

We need to get a bunch of these magnets to Winton and Yowah in time for their opal festivals this year. Please let the LRMA office know if you or if you know of anyone heading to Winton and Yowah.

The Winton Opal Tradeshow is being held on 7 & 8 July 2017 and the Yowah Opal Festival is being held 14-16 July 2017.


The Australian Opal Association and the Gemmological Association of Australia are working together to review the classification and nomenclature of opal and they are seeking input from LRMA members.

The Australian Opal Association advises the reasons for the review is due to a number of factors. The main reason is the sale of hydrophane opal which does not have its own classification within the current nomenclature and is causing confusion within the market place. To ensure that industry education and training is based on accurate and consistent information and to assist gemmological laboratories issue accurate certificates.

The input the Australian Opal Association is seeking from LRMA members is in relation to the body tone chart and what is called black opal. N1 to N4 is classified as black opal in the current nomenclature.

Two questions:

  1. Are you in agreement with only N1 to N4 being called black opal?
  2. If so, then what should N5 to N6 be called? Dark opal or Semi-black opal?

Simply reply to this email with your response and the LRMA will pass the results onto the Australian Opal Association. Below and attached is the Base Body Tone Guide and whilst it may not be precise depending upon your screen/printer it should give a good enough indication.


It is now time to renew your LRMA membership for the 2017/2018 financial year.

The following have applied for membership of the LRMA.  If any member has an objection to any of these membership applications please contact the LRMA office and your objection will be treated with the strictest of confidence.

Ruth Benjamin-Thomas Proposer: Justin Thomas    Seconder: Maxine O’Brien

Julie Ann Condrick    Proposer: Michael Carpenter    Seconder: Bill Kotru

Raymond Condrick    Proposer: Michael Carpenter    Seconder: Bill Kotru

Maria Matula    Proposer: Slavica Bosijk    Seconder: Maxine O’Brien

Ian Carpenter    Proposer: Kevin Cutting     Seconder: Tim Dominick

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