is the one and only opal jewellery store in Sydney that operates its own mines, and the only one in the world with an extensive collection of award-winning opals from Jundah-opalville in Queensland. Established in 1989, this luxury boutique grew out of the familial opal-mining tradition with roots in the opal fields of Coober Pedy in the 1960s.
Nowadays, Opal Minded’s founder and director, John Bernard personally chaperons his opals from the moment they see the daylight for the first time in millions of years to the moment you fall in love with them in Sydney. John’s wife, Renata, together with Opal Minded’s talented multilingual team, delivers bespoke jewellery designs, which turn heads worldwide.
Opal Minded is conveniently located in the historical The Rocks precinct. Open seven days a week, Opal Minded delights in offering such special services as by-appointment or private shopping experiences, at your request or convenience. Trusted by Tripadvisor travellers.
55a George Street, The Rocks. Open daily 9am–6.30pm. Tel: (02) 9247 9885. opalminded.com
—UNIQUELY Australian. Exceptional jewels of the highest quality designed and handcrafted exclusively for you in Giulians’ on-premises studio, featuring Australian opals—south Sea pearls—pink and white diamonds. Giulians, established since 1966, has an enviable international reputation. For over 50 years this family business has devoted several generations to understanding their clients’ needs. This long and personal journey has positioned the Giulians name at the forefront of the jewellery industry. Gary Coffey, Giulians’ Creative Director, embraces each client encounter as if it were his most important to date. His designs are expressions of unique style and craftsmanship. Housed in one of the finest showrooms in Sydney, Giulians offers a European style salon with the intimacy, tradition and gracious manner of a bygone era. In a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere multilingual family members and staff warmly welcome visitors with specialist training. Conveniently located on the fringes of the historic ‘Rocks’ district, Giulians is within walking distance of Sydney’s five-star hotels.
Four Seasons Hotel, Level 3, 199 George Street, Sydney. Open Mon–fri 10am–6pm, Sat–sun 10am–5pm. Tel: (02) 9247 5630. giulians.com.au
ALTMANN + CHERNY.
To discover the mystical Australian Opal look no further than the experience and passion of this third-generation family business. Celebrating their 70-year anniversary in 2018, Altmann + Cherny is internationally recognised as the oldest Australian opal specialists.
From humble beginnings, two refugees from war-torn Europe, John Altmann and Rudi Cherny were fascinated with Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal. They established Altmann + Cherny and became a leading authority on this unique gem. In 1956 an amazing opal was added to their private collection. Now on permanent display at Altmann + Cherny’s Pitt Street showroom, “The Olympic Australis” is the world’s largest and most valuable gem opal as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.
Today, Altmann + Cherny continues to share the magic of Australian opals. Continuing her grandfather’s passion, Fiona Altmann and her team will share their knowledge and help you create memories of Australia to take home that will last for generations.
ALTMANN + CHERNY – OPAL SPECIALISTS
18 Pitt Street, (Circular Quay) Sydney.open Mon–fri 9.30am–5:30pm, Sat–sun 10am–4pm. Tel: (02) 9251 9477. altmanncherny.com.au
—FOR beautiful Australian Opals, Pearls and Pink diamonds, go where locals love to buy. Vollé Jewellery specialise in the most beautiful and uniquely crafted jewellery for men and women. Their experienced pearl, opal and pink diamond specialists offer an unparalleled jewellery experience, outstanding quality, and incredible value for money. At Vollé, their awardwinning designers, highly trained multi lingual sales staff and a truly unique interactive video experience will guide you through the wonders of Australia’s greatest treasures. Visit Vollé to learn, without any pressure, from their team lead by Gemmologists and Diamond graders about the unique qualities of Australian Gemstones in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. They have loose gems and jewellery to suit every budget, from simple, yet stunning gifts, to major investment pieces of incredible beauty and value. Vollé have a strong market presence and superb international reputation. Every gem purchased comes with a certificate of authenticity and an international guarantee.
149 York Street, corner 80 Druitt Street (opposite QVB and Town Hall), Sydney. Open Mon–sat 9.30am–7pm, Sun 10.30am–6.30pm. Tel: (02) 9269 0898. vollejewellery.com