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“Good people, good stuff at reasonable prices”
Review of Rockhounds

Ranked #57 of 192 Shopping in Sydney
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 19 June 2015

We visited several opal stores in Sydney and other cities. Rockhounds stood out. The staff were helpful, not arrogant or pushy. We met Paul, the owner who obviously loves opals and knows them well -- he pointed out a couple that were indeed the best for the price. They have expensive jewelry but also very nice single opals you can make into necklaces. They even have some pieces of boulder opal in matrix that are quite inexpensive. Fiar, friendly, good quality, decent prices. We'll be back the next time we're in Australia.

1  Thank Ronald P
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Reviewed 15 March 2015

I've developed a small but well-loved collection of opals over the years, including stones mounted in jewelry from Victorian times, so I'm reasonably knowledgable about the differ types, mining locations, etc. This was my first trip to Australia, and -- while I knew I would love to add to my collection -- I was quite cynical about what I thought I'd find in the opal shops in Sydney.
Sure enough, a quick glimpse into most of the shops left me placing them in either of two groups: cheap junk or outrageously overpriced good pieces.

I wandered into Rockhounds on a whim, expecting the same, and was really impressed with the breadth and depth of their selection, my engaging conversation with the owner about his decades of experience in the opal business, and the fairness of their pricing. The key word here is "fairness." If you just want to go home with the cheapest piece of something that looks like -- but may or may not actually be -- an opal, there may be other places that can fill that need. Rockhounds has a wide range of price points, and can explain to you honestly how the quality differs among the options and help you figure out the best value for your budget and taste.

I can think of no other stone where having a very broad selection is as important, because each opal is unique and you need to find the one(s) to which you are personally drawn.

In short, I'm delighted to have found this place, and with the two opals I purchased (out of the dozen or so I'd like to have purchased!)

5  Thank ivygirl2244
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Reviewed 10 March 2015

The opal is the national gemstone of Australia, so you can't help but notice all of the opal shops during your visit to Sydney -- lots of options for gifts and souvenirs.

I did some comparison shopping, and found that Rockhounds offered the best price, and selection in the Sydney area. The staff were genuine, helpful, and didn't make me feel pressured.

I had a great experience there, and am really happy with my purchases!

3  Thank kevinmont2014
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Reviewed 16 January 2015

I looked at most of the Opal stores in the Sydney CBD and found the the best experience to be Rockhounds. The staff was helpful and without being pushy. They had a really good selection and great prices. There were stores within walking distance charging almost twice as much for similar stones. If you are shopping for Opals in Sydney, make sure you stop in here.

2  Thank Tom S
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Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

Spent a few day in Sydney and walk around to most of the opal shops. I found rockhounds to have the best product and prices.

5  Thank Mariner H
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