All Natural, All Australian. A triplet is made from 100% natural materials. It contains no dyes, treatments or plastics. As all opals are different (no two are alike) it is extremely unique and incredibly beautiful. Opal triplets can be a fantastic alternative to solid stones as they are so much cheaper than solid black opals. Solid opals with the same appearance as an opal triplet can be ten times the price for exactly the same size, colour and shape!.
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Triplet rings are formed from solid white and crystal Opals that are sliced into fine layers. A thin slice of Opal is then carefully placed on a layer of natural Australian black Opal “potch” (Opal without colour). This gives the Opal the same effect that a dark thundercloud has when it passes behind a rainbow. The colours (due to the black background) have a higher refractive index so the colours ‘jump’ out. On top of this is placed a layer of Quartz Crystal. Because all of the layers have the same coefficient of expansion they are guaranteed NOT to delaminate (come apart) over time. This lifetime guarantee means that you can enjoy these while swimming, bathing or washing the dishes, they are resilient, durable and beautiful.
Introduction to Australian Opal Cutters
Genuine Natural Australian Gem Crystal Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica SiO2·nH2O consisting of spheres of silicon dioxide molecules arranged in regular, closely packed planes. Backed by Australian Black Opal ‘potch’ and capped with a cabochon layer of silica quartz. The three layers have the same coefficient of thermal expansion and are guaranteed for life against delamination. Guaranteed free of dyes and artificial colour. "No Fakes, No Plastic"
Unfortunately many online sellers are offering “Opal” but it is a far cheaper Ethiopian Opal alternative, a material that is often heat and chemical treated to bring out the colour vimeo.com/192402542. still others offer “Opal” but are actually selling fake plastic! vimeo.com/208588491
This is the perfect gift as it is a genuine investment, much rarer than diamond and the only gemstone where you can "hold a rainbow in your hand" literally!
Our designers have been designing for decades and have had the enormous privilege of designing jewellery for the Royal family: vimeo.com/133728006
Graeme Blaiklock: vimeo.com/153458195
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
I found the Australian Opal Cutters and Pearl Divers very easy to work with with. I had a problem with my ring and the Opal Cutters worked with me to solve the problem to my complete satisfaction. I am very happy with the result and have a very lovely opal ring.
We found our visit to Australian Opal Cutters to be very pleasurable.
They were professional, knowledgeable and had a large inventory from which to make choices. We would recommend anyone visiting Sydney to check them out.
Beautiful place and kind employees ,worth to visit and enjoy the pearls and other souvenirs. I hope to return back there soon.