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PO Box 350
Paradise Point
QLD Australia 4216

P: 0438 130 438
M: 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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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 and potential but looks can be deceiving
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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Finished gem opals from the LIVE Close Up and priced
18/08/2022
Come and see the results of the last LIVE that I polished up yesterday. What a nice collection of gem opals. Enjoy! Here are the opals for sale https://blackopaldirect.com/product/black-opals/2-15-ct-black-opal-10-6x7-4x4-3mm/ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/white-opal/2-99-ct-white-opal-16x9-
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LIVE Rough opal jam session. We cut!
16/08/2022
Join Tamika and Justin for an action packed, fun-filled, you beaut, colourful session of beating up a Nobby till it shows colors. LIVE Thanks for watching :) Denver show. Love to see you there. Showing from September 8th to 11th, 2022 https://blackopaldirect.com/denver-hardrock-summit/?mc_cid=a53ef
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A Clean Skin Nobby is the ultimate type of rough opal to cut
9/08/2022
Did you know, I have never filmed a Clean Skin Nobby being cut before? We LOVE doing a first of something as they are becoming a rarity for us here at Black Opal Direct! What is a Clean Skin Nobby you ask? Jump over to our blog and we'll give you the info you are seeking — https://blackopaldirect.co
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LIVE opal cutting session. We’re back!
2/08/2022
Join us for another session of LIVE roughing out with Justin and Tamika. We have a few nice pieces that could cut gems if the sand decides to behave itself Love to see you here Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebo
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Driving into Lightning Ridge
26/07/2022
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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Glowing blue gem cuts a black opal worth thousands
26/07/2022
What makes a Black Crystal Opal so unique? Join me and I'll tell you all about it as we cut and polish a piece of rare Black Crystal Opal rough this week from the Wyoming field in Lightning Ridge. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/
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This rough opal might cut a winner! or will it?
12/07/2022
If it was a challenge I was after — I have certainly found it! I knew this nobby opal was going to be a tough cut, I was prepared to fight the sand monsters — would I be victorious in this challenge or submit defeat? https://blackopaldirect.com/product/rough-opal/rough-opal-parcels/24-00-ct-rough-o
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Results of LIVE. I give detailed description of black opals
23/06/2022
Thanks for joining me once again for a fun filled LIVE show. I am always blown away by how many of you come and watch and its appreciated. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/ https://www.tikt
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Let’s go LIVE and play with some uncut gems
21/06/2022
Join Justin and Tamika for a fun filled rough out session playing with opals. We have some nice rough opals to work on this week and lets hope they show us bright gem color. Our new merch is available here. https://blackopaldirect.com/category/lapidary-tools-guides/ We have t-shirts in all sizes a
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Does this rough opal become the cut of the decade?
14/06/2022
Thanks for joining us — this is a rough opal cut you will not forget I spent two weeks observing this gem, drawing on it and planning the cut. Purchasing one piece of Grawin Seam Opal for $25K comes with undeniable pressures when it is time to cut it. There may be a crack I didn't see or potch in t
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LIVE opal roughing out session with Justin
7/06/2022
As promised I have the parcel here for you to buy if you like. I have priced very well to make a decent profit https://blackopaldirect.com/product/rough-opal/rough-opal-parcels/55-00-ct-rough-and-rubbed-opal-parcel-10pc/ Join Justin while he cuts and grinds his way through some rough opal to find g
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Justin show’s the latest additions to his opal collection
31/05/2022
Join us as we take you through the latest additions to Justin's personal opal collection. You'll see some of the clearest Crystal Opals you have laid your eyes on — with the addition of some incredible Black Opals that live on our website. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials:
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I polished the gem opals from the Live in time
26/05/2022
Welcome to the results of the last LIVE. All the gems for sale are linked below. Enjoy https://blackopaldirect.com/product/dark-opal/4-80-ct-dark-opal-12-1x10-2x6-1mm/ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/black-opals/1-38-ct-black-opal-8-4x7-9x3-2mm/ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/white-opal/4-
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A top gem rough opal LIVE session
24/05/2022
Join me LIVE for a session of high grade rough opal with high potential. This should be a good one 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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950 carat uncut gem rough opal - I'm going in!
17/05/2022
Join me as we uncover what lies beneath the surface of this colossal rough opal from Lightning Ridge. There are challenges to be had when tackling an opal of this size and you need to make sure you have the right equipment to get the best result. So stick around and see what we end up with! Thanks
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Rough out session - see what comes out of the rough opal parcel
10/05/2022
Join Justin for the second part of the rough out session on the seam opal parcel. The first half was a bit underwhelming so see if the second half is any better. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpal
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Roughing and grinding to find gem opals
3/05/2022
Join me for an hour of time on the wheel grinding our way through a rough parcel of opal. Sit back and enjoy the chatter of what I’m thinking while exploring it to find gems. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.
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LIVE from Gemquarters. We play rough "OPAL"
26/04/2022
Join Justin and Tamika for another LIVE Session on the rough opal. We have a few pieces that have huge potential so stay tuned and see what Mother Nature and Justin can come up with. If you have seen it. Have a look a the LIVE we did on Facebook last Friday. Link below https://www.facebook.com/B
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Kryptonite green rough opal gets cut into a gem
19/04/2022
All aboard the opal bus for this week's cutting journey! Justin uncovers the beauties of Australian rough opal. Justin takes this little rough opal to his cutting wheel and transforms it into a beautiful ring stone. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.c
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LIVE opal session from Gemquarters with Justin and Tamika
12/04/2022
Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
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Rough nobby and seam opal cutting session — let's see what colourful gems appear.
29/03/2022
Something a little different for your viewing pleasure — we have pre-recorded what a YouTube Live would usually look like. I have put together a nice little parcel of nobby and seam opal to rough out and see if we have any cracking gems inside. Tune in to watch the first step in the process of cutt
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Glowing rough opal has the potential to cut a top gem
22/03/2022
We start with a beautiful Witches Hat nobby with a thick color bar, the challenge is how can we get the very best out of this piece of rough opal? Join me as I tackle a gem cut that I have never done before — the end result is worth it! Thanks for watching :) https://blackopaldirect.com/product/c
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Join us LIVE for great session talking & roughing opal.
15/03/2022
Join us for a show & tell of opal types and patterns — then we'll move on over to the wheel to cut some rough gems opals! As promised, here are the links to each opal on our website ☺️ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/crystal-opal/10-60-ct-crystal-opal-25-8x20-4x3-6mm/ https://blackopaldirect.
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$40,000 of gem opals set in an epoxy resin table
8/03/2022
From uncut gems to fine finished opals. I make a table that tells a story of where opal comes from and how it makes its journey to its final home. The opal table represents the opal industry as a whole and the fact that every step of the way plays an important role. The beaten by sand project has a
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LIVE opal cutting jam session
1/03/2022
Join me for a fun event of roughing out opal and banter. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
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Earrings
Kindred Crystal Opal Earrings 1.00 ct teardrop crystal opal Dimensions: 8 × 5 × 2 mm 18ct Rose Gold
Necklaces
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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