Natural Australian Gem Black Opal is arguably the #1 Rarest Commercially Available Gemstone on Earth! Loose Opals hand-cut from the rough Opal are genuinely valuable and have a uniqueness that places them above every other gemstone. Precious, Valuable Investments that you can set in your own Jewellery design or give as the perfect gift as: "a Rainbow you can hold in your hand" Genuine + Natural + Guaranteed!
Introduction to Australian Opal Cutters
Genuine Natural Australian Black Opal is Australia’s National Gemstone and the State Emblem of N.S.W., the “lucky gem from the lucky country”. A hydrated amorphous form of silica SiO2·nH2O consisting of spheres of silicon dioxide molecules arranged in regular, closely packed planes. And only found in Lightning Ridge, Australia. Guaranteed free of dyes and artificial colour.
How Opal is formed
Introducing Australian Opal Cutters
In 1967, Grandfather Jack Musgrave Blaiklock, a New Zealander, a wholesale jewellery trader and a visionary, moved to Australia, with his son Graeme Blaiklock. Graeme fell in love with the Jewellery industry and traded successfully for many years.
In 1982, Graeme started his own Opal company Australian Opal Cutters in Sydney Australia. He was inspired by a local limousine driver whose guests "complained that they could get better prices back home". From these humble beginnings grew the word-of-mouth phenomenon that is "Australian Opal Cutters".
Today Australian Opal Cutters has grown to be the world’s leading producer of skillfully cut and polished Opals and Opal jewellery.
35+ years later the company, still family-owned and run by Jason (3rd generation family member), and has a global reach with exclusive cruise liners, a presence in over 38 countries and an online store.
Australian Opal Cutters comprises two major businesses, one cutting and polishing loose opals and the other creating hand-crafted jewellery products.
Graeme has been actively involved in all areas of the gem and jewellery trades for decades including manufacturing, retailing, trade shows and wholesaling. He brings a depth of knowledge to the industry, but, more importantly, a deep love for the industry and the customers who are the lifeblood of any business!
A high demand for quality pearls resulted in the founding of Australian Pearl Divers as a branch of Australian Opal Cutters in the mid 1990's.
Australian Pearl Divers are "aggregators" which means that Graeme seeks to find the finest quality pearls at the most competitive prices. Once these pearl 'parcels' have been purchased they will be absorbed into the collection and presented for sale. Graeme regularly checks his pearls in a very sophisticated gem testing machine known as a "Spectrometer". This machine is able to determine not only the type of pearl, but tell if a pearl has been dyed or not. This is a most valuable tool, as a pearl should be natural in it's origin as well as its color and a spectrometer is the only way to test this. Australian Pearl Divers is most likely the closest any customer will every get to "diving for pearls" themselves!
The Lucky Gem from the Lucky Country
By the way, if you have ever heard the myth that Opals are unlucky, we just thought you should know that it is alleged that this was invented by the Diamond industry, as Opals were once the engagement ring of choice. For more information see "The Diamond Invention".
Opal is Australia’s National Gemstone, with the Black Opal featuring as the State Emblem of NSW. Opal is known as the “Queen of Gems”.
How to Care for opal
See what they are saying on Trip Advisor
Friendly staff, and a wide selection of opals and pearls. Some items are quite pricey, but were able to use coupons from hotel tourist brochures to get a free pearl gift and 50% of an opal purchase. The shop was a bit cramped through, could do with a bigger place. But overall, very nice.
Can't say enough good things about Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers! We were so happy with our experience and our purchase. If we're ever back in Australia, we will definitely visit again.
The place is a hidden treasure trove and the service is amazing! I walked away with exquisite opal studs.
This is a great shop as well as educational experience. They show you and explain all of the things about opals and the geology as well as have a lot of different options to meet every budget if you want to leave with a beautiful souvenir.