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10 May 2001

Destination Lightning Ridge for opal scissors

Lost Sea Jewels Proprietor, Joe Babic
The photo of the opal encrusted scissors was taken by Stephen Aracic and features on page 10 in Rediscover Opals in Australia, 1999.

The hurdle of meeting the $800 insuance cost to bring the opal encrusted scissors to Lightning Ridge during the Opal Jewellery Design Awards and Exhibition, has been cleared.

Lost Seal Jewels Proprietor, Jo Babic, has covered the cost and helped to ensure this year’s exhibition reaches the expectation of the OJDAA organising committee.

The community is readily responding to the committee’s call for support which is most heartening.

The scissors will be an additional drawcard as they have considerable historical significance.

They will take their place in what is expected to be a breathtaking display of Australia’s National Gemstones July 26 to 29.

These ornate nine carat gold scissors set with six beautiful opal doublets were used by Premier J.T. Lang to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge on March 19, 1932.

These famous scissors were next used by John Fahey, then Premier of NSW, to cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel on August 29, 1992.

They were again used for the opening of the Glebe Island Bridge on December 3, 1995 by Premier Carr.

The scissors were made in 1932 at Angus and Coote Jewellers, Sydney by craftsmen Les Denham and Norm Neal.

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