AUS­TRALIAN OPALS

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OPAL MINDED

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.

OPAL MINDED

55a Ge­orge Street, The Rocks. Open daily 9am–6.30pm. Tel: (02) 9247 9885. opal­minded.com

GI­U­LIANS

—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.

GI­U­LIANS

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

VOLLÉ JEW­ELLERY

—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.

VOLLÉ JEW­ELLERY

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

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