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A Serendipitous Encounter

The discovery of a black opal of this calibre rarely occurs, which makes it so special when they are unearthed. However, when the story behind the gem is just as remarkable, then you know that serendipity has stepped in. The story behind the opal The story begins with my father Jurgen.In 1961, my father emigrated to Australia from Germany in search of a different life.Along the way, he met a few nice folks that had decided to head to the mining fields of Lightning Ridge where the new frontier was forming.People were setting up camp in the outback town to acquire their share of riches with the new discovery of…

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The Southern Cross opal is the rarest I’ve ever seen

The Rarest Opal Ever - The Southern Cross video by Black Opal Direct

What’s it like to hold one of the rarest opals in the world in your hands? Meet the Southern Cross opal. Walking into my workshop, it’s a day like any other. I’m ready to cut and ready to give my nutty antics while doing it. I wrap my apron around me and head over to the wheel to cut a piece of rough opal. With the click of my fingers and a nod of the head, I grind away dirt, hoping to reveal the gem inside. I hear a strange sound over the machine’s whirring hum, but when I stop, there doesn’t seem to be anyone here with me. Geez,…

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A tribute to my father

Dads Lightning Ridge crystal opal cut

A friend approached me recently and asked to see some pictures of an opal my father cut when he was alive. While it’s hard for me to talk about, I wanted to share with you this tribute to my father, and the greatest cutter I ever knew; Jurgen. My father was my mentor for everything in life, and he taught me everything I know about opal. I loved him so much, and I miss his presence in my life daily. A flood of memories come back to me when I think a lot about our times together in the opal industry. His passion and artistic talent were so much greater…

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