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In 1975, after graduating from college, and only being 23 years old and adventuresome, I went to live in Melbourne, Australia for two years. There I obtained my first social worker job in a suburban city of Melbourne (The City of Keilor). Prior to leaving for Australia, my mother was quite distraught that she wouldn’t be seeing her “baby” for two years (I’m the youngest of six children).
In an attempt to console her, I asked Mom what I could send her while I was in Australia. She stated that she heard Australia was known for its beautiful opal gemstones, and if it didn’t cost too much I could get her one. Mom was about 60 years old at the time and never had owned a piece of opal jewelry even though it happened to be her birthstone. So before her next birthday came up, I went on a mission to find her an opal in Melbourne.
At that time, I didn’t know the difference between an opal and a car called an Opel! Anyway, when I found them I was absolutely taken in by them even though prior to this I had no attraction to any kind of jewelry or gemstones. As they say I was “bit by the opal bug!” I then bought Mom an opal and sent it to her for her birthday. According to Dad, she shed a “few” tears when she received it.
She had it made into a ring and cherished it for the rest of her life. After Mom passed away in 2002, her opal ring was given to one of her granddaughters who just happened to be born in the same month and year (October, 1976) that I bought an opal for Mom. Mom’s granddaughter, and my niece, shed a “few” tears when she received her grandmother’s opal ring, and now fondly remembers her grandmother when she wears her opal ring.
Because each individual opal is so unique and different than any other opal, I see that people who have a piece of opal jewelry handed down to them from a loved one seem to have a stronger memory of the
Every experience that I've had with 'Australian Opals' has been exemplary! I love knowing that I have a one of a kind opal and jewelry that were hand crafted just for me. I always look forward to seeing John and looking at all of his new pieces, every opal he has is amazing flash of color, light and beauty. I also know that if I have any questions about my jewelry, John is only a short email or phone call away, willing to do his best to answer my questions. I know that I will have a lifetime of happiness with the jewelry that John has helped me create. -
Ps. I love my new bracelet!! It is a little bigger than I wanted, what do you suggest we do? Have me come out to one of the Harmar shows and resize it?
Products: Jewelry and Loose Opals are very beautiful. I always look at all his items I want to buy the Opals with the Fire in them. They are a 10 out of a 10 in my opinion. Very Fine.
Value: The prices are reasonable. No problem. Opals are like Diamonds
Customer Service: John went out of his way to help me in many of my purchases. Custom made rings that he designed. Crystal Opal Bracelet that he helped me with. He is excellent in customer service. -
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In this website you will find information about all the varieties of opals, and information about my next show so you can come and see a large selection of beautifully designed opal jewelry first hand before buying. Please note that while many opals in jewelry sold elsewhere are synthetic or lab grown, I only sell natural opal that has been painstakingly mined from the earth.
It is my strong belief that given all natural opals are truly unique and one of a kind gemstones, the only way to acquire a piece of opal jewelry or a loose opal, to be absolutely sure of its quality, is to see it yourself in person. The play of color in each individual opal is so vast, depending upon the direction you are viewing it from, it makes it impossible to accurately assess and appreciate its true appearance and multitude of characteristics via photographs only. In addition, photos of opals can be “doctored” with the use of such techniques as adjusting contrast and brightness levels. Because of these factors, I have never and never will acquire an opal over the internet, and I wouldn’t recommend that you do so either! So come and visit “Australian Opals” at my next show to see for yourself.
I live and have been in business in the Twin Cities Area since 1996. I promise that you will not find a larger selection of fine opal jewelry of this quality anywhere else in Minnesota. So come and visit “Australian Opals” at my next show to see for yourself.
I look forward to meeting you!
person they received it from. I often tell people buying opal jewelry that opals are like people: you know one when you see one but their all uniquely different! This is what I see is the dazzling difference between opal and any other gemstone!
After coming back to the United States from Australia, I couldn’t get the beauty of opals out of my mind. Eventually, I started up my business known as “Australian Opals” and as they say, “the rest is history.” Since about 1996, I have been attending local weekend gem shows in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area. During the Holidays I have my business open for an extended period of time and advertise on the local TV stations to let people know of a great alternative gift to give to a loved one on Christmas.
In September, 2010, I retired from being a full time child protection social worker for the previous 30+ years. Prior to retiring, I also operated my business while holding down a full time job. Somewhat exhausting! But now that I’m retired, I can really focus on scratching that itch that I received many years ago from being bit from the opal bug!!