SYNOPSIS: Sydney, Australia, is noted for many things...it has one of the world's most beautiful?
TILT TO TOWER
OPALS IN CASE, GIRL W/OPAL
CU OPAL NECKLACE
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Background: SYNOPSIS: Sydney, Australia, is noted for many things...it has one of the world's most beautiful harbours...an opera house...not yet completed but already a landmark...
It is also famed for the colourful atmosphere of King's Cross...somewhat like san Francisco's North Beach...and the attractiveness of the girls. Now something new has been added in Australia Square Tower...an opal skymine in the heart of Sydney. Here the atmosphere of an opal mine is recreated. First, the visitor steps into a lift which simulates the feeling of descending into the dark shaft of the mine.
Then through the dim corridors leading to the diggings. The recreated miners are so life-like you can even see the perspiration as they dig out the precious opals. This is the way their haul is lifted out. Exhibited in specially designed showcases are uncut opals taken from mines int eh hot desert of Australia. The largest, most precious opal in the world is called the Desert Flame of Andamooka, valued at over one-million five hundred thousand dollars.
The work of expert gem cutters and polishers is an important facet of the opal industry. Their work is extremely exacting. Some of the cutting is so delicate that it is done by this ultrasonic machine. The finished articles are displayed in cases, looking like fire, glowing, almost alive...calor that makes Australian opals so desired around the world. Like this little number...just a mere five thousand dollars.
Searching for opals has long been one of the most popular items with visitors to the outback. Now its an opal mine in the sky, in downtown Sydney, Australia.