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PO Box 350
Paradise Point
QLD Australia 4216

P: 0438 130 438
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THE STORY

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. 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.

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!

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!

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G'day and welcome to Black Opal Direct! My name's Justin, and I make videos on the gorgeous and unique Australian opal. You'll find the best opal gems in the world that we source from Lightning Ridge, Australia. Join me as I show you the incredible world of this Australian gemstone. I'll teach you what I've learnt in my 30 years of opal mining, cutting, polishing and more! Shop our gorgeous opals and opal jewelry on our site: www.blackopaldirect.com Cheers!
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I want to keep all the opals that I own but I have to eat. 😂
5/02/2023
It’s hard work letting go of my top gems. I wish I could keep them all.
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How I feel after I cut a $10,000 gem black opal
31/01/2023
It's always scary to cut a gem that's worth thousands but tens of thousands is another level of scary. I'm fine though, tough as nails haha
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Blue uncut gem rough opal with fire inside - I take its top off
31/01/2023
Wyoming Field Nobby is well known for looking a little average on the outside yet generally producing something great on the inside. This nobby is no exception with its hazy blue top and black potch line down the bottom. It is showing potential to cut a good gem but we all know in this industry anyt
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LIVE Announcement on our gem flash light and opal roughing session
24/01/2023
Join us for another LIVE rough opal session with a twist. We are giving you a sneak peak at our in house designed gem flash light. And a very special giveaway. (Conditions apply) Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.face
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The craziest gem crystal opal I’ve cut to date.
21/01/2023
Crystal opal is secretly my favourite type of opal. ( don't tell anyone) haha. Especially when they are as amazing as this one.
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Risking a top gem crystal opal to make it phenomenal — will it pay off?
17/01/2023
This is most definitely a frontrunner for one of the best crystal opals I have ever had the pleasure of owning. So let's take this top gem and make it better — tune in to see why and how we do it, you won't want to miss this super gem! Thanks for watching :) https://blackopaldirect.com/blog/top-of
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Rough opal LIVE first of the year
10/01/2023
We are back baby! Watch Justin and Tamika smash out a few nice gems on the opal cutting machine. If you want to meet us we will be in the Tucson gem show in February. Details are below and if you want to book a time one on one with Justin you can book a time on the link below https://blackopaldir
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Roughing opal session with a few wins and lessons ASMR
3/01/2023
Join me for a smorgasbord of different types of opal to be roughed out. I will show you different types and how to tackle them. Also you might learn something about copyte needles in opal. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://
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Rough gem crystal opals - Watch them come to life
27/12/2022
We hope everyone is having a wonderful festive season! Here's a video to enjoy during your time off or even better, distract you while you're working. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/ http
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So long 2022 — hello 2023!
20/12/2022
To all our valued and loyal subscribers and everyone else who has discovered us along the way, thank you for being so supportive throughout the past 12 months. Your enthusiasm and love of Opal are why we keep doing what we do and share it all with you. We can't wait to show you what we have in store
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I polished an opal fossil - Was it a bad idea?
13/12/2022
When an opalized fossil has a beautiful gem color, is it worth cutting? Let’s evaluate this Skin Shell opalized fossil I have to see if it’s worth keeping as a fossil or turning it into a gem opal. Join this channel to get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyI1sOuycp03XMMwiTNSqQg/jo
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Last LIVE of the year. You’re invited with a potential $10,000 to cut out
6/12/2022
Come along and join us for the last LIVE of the year. We have a potential $10,000 of gem opals to cut out of the pieces I have chosen. It should be a good show Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpal
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Film Day!!
2/12/2022
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Rough opal with thick gem red color bar. I expose it & I love it!
29/11/2022
Today we're showing some LOVE with a piece of Seam Country Opal from the Grawin Fields. This particular piece of rough is showing a lot of potential with its vibrant red color bar, a real heart stopper! Join me as we reveal what's inside this gorgeous piece of Australian Opal. Read more on the blo
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LIVE Rough opal session. You’re invited
22/11/2022
Thanks for joining us on another journey into rough opal. In this episode we trim up some beautiful gems that become one of the better outcomes in a LIVE session. You can purchase Dremel tips here https://blackopaldirect.com/product/advice-tools-merch/diamond-dremel-kits-5-piece-60grit-3000/ Join
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The lost rough opal I dropped in my workshop a while back gets cut
15/11/2022
This particular Wyoming Nobby from Lightning Ridge is showing a lot of potential. The color looks vibrant and the color bar seems to be a decent size — but you never know what is lurking below the white cap. Join me as we find out what lies beneath 😊 https://blackopaldirect.com/blog/wyoming-nobb
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Happy 50th Birthday to our outdoors-loving, Opal cutting, Padel playing, fish catching, sea captain!
14/11/2022
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Opal Cutting session LIVE. You're Invited
8/11/2022
Join Tamika and Justin for another LIVE session of roughing out opal Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/ https://www.tiktok.com/@blackopaldirect
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You came for the opal cutting but you'll stay for the laughs - Halloween special
1/11/2022
Happy Hal-opal-ween BOD lovers, do we have a (trick or) treat in store for you? Tune in as we uncover an exceptionally spooky (and slightly challenging) nobby opal from Lightning Ridge for our Halloween special — guaranteed to put a smile on your dial! https://blackopaldirect.com/blog/happy-hal-opa
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I took a Dremel to this rough opal and carved out a Gummibear
25/10/2022
This one is for all my Dremel enthusiasts! Join me as I carve and polish a Lightning Ridge nobby with a Dremel. I dug deep and found my patience, as I am so used to my beloved wheels these days, a Dremel carving definitely evolves at a very different pace. Head over to the blog if you want to read
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Join me LIVE with my son for an opal cutting session
18/10/2022
Join us LIVE for a session of LIVE opal cutting, with a few pieces that I think will cut cracker gems Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/ https://www.tiktok.com/@blackopaldirect
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Miner parts with a 20yr old piece of rough opal treasure - I cut it!
11/10/2022
It's been a very long time since I have had rough opal treasures from the old T-Bone Field in Lightning Ridge. It's known for its incredible Witches Hat nobbys, although this one isn't quite a Witches Hat or a Nobby, it's a little hybrid of its own. Join me as I navigate my way through this cut, I
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Enter and WIN
4/10/2022
https://blackopaldirect.com/blog/opal-month/
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Join us for a LIVE roughing session and a competition
4/10/2022
Check out our Blog for Opal Month! https://blackopaldirect.com/blog/opal-month/ Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/ https://www.tiktok.com/@blackopaldirect
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The best crystal opal I have ever cut — just like the one my dad cut out of his opal mine
27/09/2022
This incredible gem Crystal Opal cut is one for all of those sentimental folks out there like me. After 30+ long years of searching, I have found a crystal opal so similar to the one my dad cut when I was young. It is by far one of the most amazing Crystal Opals I have ever seen — which now resides
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LIVE opal cutting and exposing gem color
20/09/2022
Join us for a catch up LIVE to talk about the Denver show and some live cutting as well. Also here are the new and improved body tone scales https://blackopaldirect.com/product/advice-tools-merch/opal-bodytone-brightness-scale/ Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www
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Uncut gem shows nice color but does it cut a gem
20/09/2022
This gorgeous-looking Grawin Seam Opal is showing a unique color with potch sitting just on top. My plan is to take the top off ever so slightly to reveal what's underneath. It sounds simple enough, what could possibly go wrong? Want to read more? Jump over to our blog - https://blackopaldirect.com
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The Rock drops by to give some lessons about patience in opal cutting
6/09/2022
While Justin tries to cut this gem he is sent on a journey of self awareness and a few lessons from the man himself. The Rock! Enjoy this rollercoaster ride how an opal can send you into a spin of ups and downs. Justin is always learning as he cuts opal, but he never knew that this one would creat
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Possibly some of the best opals LIVE cutting
30/08/2022
Come and Join Justin and Tamika for a LIVE session of roughing out some raw opal. Every LIVE is different because every rough opal will cut different. The surprise is the greatest test of Justins ability and the potential of the opal. The Denver show detail are below https://blackopaldirect.co
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I cut $25k out of this uncut gem opal parcel
23/08/2022
Hey everyone! If you don't already know, Ruth and I are heading to the Denver Hardrock Summit — which is a Gemstone and Jewelry show. This one is open to the public, which means we can finally meet in person if you're keen to come and check it out. We have created a page on our website outlining al
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Earrings
Kindred Crystal Opal Earrings 1.00 ct teardrop crystal opal Dimensions: 8 × 5 × 2 mm 18ct Rose Gold
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Johanna Necklace Gold 1.30 ct Crystal Opal An Australian crystal opal with beautiful blues and greens. 45cm 18kt Italian yellow gold chain included.
Opals - Loose Black Opals
1.23ct Black Opal 1.23 ct gem. Dimensions: 8.2×6.7×3.7mm Predominant Colors: Green, Orange
Rings - General
Tatiana Ring 1.05ct Black Opal 18kt Yellow Gold Ring Size M/US6 Dimensions: 12 × 6 × 2.5 mm




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