About us

Hi there,

My name’s Justin, and I want to thank you for checking us out.  This is the easiest way to see for yourself who you are dealing with when shopping with Black Opal Direct.


My father was an opal merchant who began mining in Lightning Ridge in 1963.  Traveling between our family home in Sydney to our second home in Lightning Ridge was the life I remember growing up as a kid.  I must say, the number of father/son trips we have had would do most kids heads in (8 hours one way in a car is not my idea of a great way to avoid questions from your father!).

My upbringing was so involved with Lightning Ridge and opal mining, cutting and polishing that a love of opal from the rugged outback of Australia is seared in my soul.

Both my sister and I are opal merchants, so my family have now been opal merchants for a combined 95 years.  In addition to this, we have been cutters and polishers for just as long, contract cutting for some of the biggest opal exporters in the world.

I have had 22 great years to date working with opal. Over this time I have bought, sold and mined for opal. Living in the bush is a challenging and awesome experience, to say the least.  Nothing beats the outback of Australia with up to 122 deg F heat and plenty of deadly snakes and spiders – that’s why being out of the heat and underground is a gem!

There are plenty of kangaroos to be seen at Lightning Ridge and our own secret colony of koalas live all around us.  I wouldn’t call them ‘pets’, but some kangaroos sure do get close enough and  some are even happy to be cuddled and petted like a dog. Check out my video to see me cuddle a local kangaroo.

Because of my past 20 years in this industry, it seemed logical to expand my horizons to selling quality, affordable Lightning Ridge opal through eBay  and then my own store. I understand how hard it can be to buy the real deal from an opal professional, not to mention value for money. The opal merchants in the area, like me, used to only sell direct to jewelers and gemstone dealers around the world – well not anymore!

I now actively seek additional parcels of only quality Lightning Ridge opal that I can bring direct to YOU through my store.  I have personally picked out each opal whether that be black opal, nobby opal, seam opal, crystal opal or inlay opal.  I guarantee you will find what you want – rough, cut or polished – I often have a range of them all, and if not, please feel free to contact me to keep my eye out for something particular.

Like you, I have spent hours of time buying over the net and through my buying experience I understand the importance of customer satisfaction and overall service from the seller – you have to make sure they are reputable and will sell you what you want!

For this reason, I can promise you I offer the very best service and guarantee 100% customer satisfaction.  My opal business has been built on an outstanding reputation for quality product and my personal ethics of honesty and integrity, and I can assure you, I have no plan of dropping this standard !

A safe arrival of your product is guaranteed with all parcels being sent either registered post or by FedEx.  If you request it, we will provide you with a registration number to track it’s movement every step of the way. See our Shipping Policies for more information

This is what YOU can look forward to when buying opal from me;

¬      Your very OWN piece of the Aussie Outback – If you can’t get there in the flesh, then bring the Outback to YOU !

¬      Quality, One-of-a-kind gemstone – guaranteed to be of the best quality with a totally unique play of color and pattern never to be copied.

¬      Confidence YOU are buying the REAL thing – buying direct from an Lightning Ridge opal merchant with 22 years experience.

¬      Opal Insight – I am happy to answer any questions you have (however trivial you think they might be) – I have a true love for opal and hope to develop this love in YOU !

¬      Affordable gemstones – that meet YOUR budget to own a quality piece of Australian heritage.

¬      Unquestionable Customer Service – the assurance that your experience with me is trouble-free every time.

¬      100% Satisfaction Guaranteed – If you are not 100% happy with your purchase, you can return it within in 30 days for a full refund – no questions asked!

¬      Payment options that suit YOU – We accept the following payment methods – direct deposit, credit card (Mastercard or Visa) or Paypal. The choice to make payment easy for YOU.

¬      Fast, reliable shipping direct to YOU!

PLUS a BONUS – the rare opportunity to receive insider tips from an opal professional, ONLY if you are truly interested…. you can subscribe here now.

¬      ‘Revealed – The Secret to the Perfect Opal’.  For those of you that are start-up cutters and polishers, or professionals looking for extra tips from an experienced Opal Merchant, I am primed to share with you the endless treasure-trove locked in my head – every little detail to ensure you perfect the art to provide the perfect Opal!  Remember – you need to ASK me for help… You don’t receive unless you ask.

I guarantee YOU will be back for more after a shopping experience with me – as I know the importance of great product, great service and your parcel arriving direct to your door, safely & securely.

Thanks again for checking me out and if you were interested in a particular opal, then remember, they are all unique, so head back NOW and buy with confidence!

If you get to the Ridge, we live on the main street – Morilla Street, be sure to drop in and say G’day!

We don’t bite, but the snakes might!


Owner, Black Opal Direct