Australian Opal Polishing Class

Learn about Australian opals and experience the thrill of releasing the fire within the stone

3 hours Class size 1 to 4

label $190 (or 4 payments of $48 Afterpay)

If you're fully COVID-19 vaccinated, you'll be able to attend this class once NSW is 70% fully vaccinated (estimated 11th Oct)

Learn all about Australian opals and experience the thrill of releasing the fire within the stone in this fun and relaxing workshop in the heart of the Blue Mountains, just outside of Sydney.

In this three-hour class, which is perfect for beginners, you will choose a parcel of three genuine Australian opals, each weighing 6 to 12ct, and then try your hand at teasing out the colour and polishing them to a high shine under the guidance of a lapidary.

The class will start with a short introduction to opals including where they're found, how they're created and how to see if a stone holds any precious opal, which will help you to pick your own opals later in the class. There will be examples to look at and handle so you can gain a better understanding of which parcel of opals are valuable and have potential.

Next, you get to choose a parcel of three opals, ranging in size from 6 to 12ct. You will then learn how to polish them to a high shine and release the gorgeous fire within the stones, which takes approximately two hours for all three stones.

At the end of the class, you will take home three dazzling opals placed into a small commemorative display case.

This class is located in the heart of the stunning Blue Mountains and is perfect for anyone looking for things to do in the Blue Mountains.

Please note: Due to Covid-19, we will still be taking up to four people per workshop but everyone must be from the same family bubble.

Knowledge required
No prior experience necessary.
What you'll get
  • Two-hour opal polishing workshop
  • Tuition from a qualified instructor
  • All equipment and materials
  • Three opals (6-12ct) per person
  • Bottle of water
  • Small display case
What to bring
Opal polishing does involve fast-spinning abrasive discs so it is best to avoid loose clothing and tie long hair back.
Suitable for

This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old). An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a unique gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.


Leura, NSW

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
The Polished Opal
The Polished Opal

5.0 (5)

Sonja is an artist and a jeweller.

She has been polishing opals for jewellery for several years now and still finds it a thrilling experience, uncovering the fire within the stone, an experience that she's excited about sharing with others.

Opal is a fascinating and exciting stone and she looks forward to sharing her knowledge and helping others to enjoy the opal polishing workshop.

Verified reviews

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Elizabeth Rush May 2021

9 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Very informative and extremely helpful. Had an absolute blast and am so happy with my three opals. Already know what I’m going to do with two of them

Australian Opal Polishing Class review by Elizabeth Rush

Margot Daly Apr 2021

Great, learnt alot, having lapidary experience before, I found it very good,would
recommend the course. even to beginners.

Megaera Fagan Mar 2021

A fun and interactive workshop, learnt a lot in the short time I was there. I would definitely recommend it.

Jewellery Making workshop review by Megaera Fagan

Ian Whelan Feb 2021

Very interesting and informative, well explained hands on workshop. Peter made us feel very welcome and was a fountain of knowledge. Highly recommended.

Debbie Key Feb 2021

4 ClassBento workshops attended • 4 reviews

Teacher was informative and friendly,venue was nice ,relaxing atmosphere,loved learning how to polish has inspired me even more to start polishing opals and stones.opal were set in a lovely frame at the end of course, thankyou I loved it
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