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AUSTRALIAN OPALS

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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 specialist.

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 leading authoritie­s 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: 9251 9477. altmannche­rny.com.au 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 special services such as by-appointmen­t or private shopping experience­s, at your request or convenienc­e.

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OPAL MINDED

55a George Street, The Rocks. Open daily 9am– 6.30pm. Tel: 9247 9885. opalminded.com 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 multilingu­al 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 has 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, cnr 80 Druitt Street (opposite QVB and Town Hall), Sydney. Open Mon–sat 9.30am–7pm, Sun 10.30am– 6.30pm.

Tel: 9269 0898. vollejewel­lery.com GIULIANS— Uniquely Australian. Exceptiona­l jewels of the highest quality are designed and handcrafte­d exclusivel­y for you in Giulians’ on-premise studio, featuring Australian opals, South Sea pearls, precious gems, pink and white diamonds. Giulians, establishe­d in 1966, has an enviable internatio­nal reputation. For more than 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. Enjoy the luxurious ambience in Giulians’ store while you discover the secrets of Australia’s opals and precious gems. In a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere family members and staff warmly welcome visitors with specialist training. Convenient­ly located on the fringes of the historic The 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: 9247 5630. giulians.com.au

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