Goto your account

Directory - Black Opal Direct

PO Box 350
Paradise Point
QLD Australia 4216

P: 0438 130 438
M: 0438 130 438

Profile
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!

Click to Subscribe
Categories
Earrings

Gemset Jewellery

Gemstone by Type - Cabochon

Gemstone by Type - Carvings

Gold Jewellery

Necklaces

Opal Jewellery

Opals - Loose Black Opals

Opals - Loose Boulders

Opals - Loose White / Crystal

Rings - Anniversary

Rings - Engagement

Rings - General

Sterling Silver Jewellery


Brands

Jewellery
Black Opal Direct
Showroom
Videos
Black Opal Direct
319 177K 31.1M
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!
14:17
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
65K
547
26:32
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
32.4K
244
01:03:04
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.
35.3K
276
52:55
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
32.7K
203
10:47
Rough opal cut into a perfect ring stone
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
46.4K
308
39:21
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/
29.5K
172
18:29
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
55.2K
204
13:06
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
156.5K
503
49:04
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.
20.2K
167
10:43
$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
95.6K
1.1K
34:32
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/
22K
256
06:25
Sliced this rough opal for double the profit - Inside was a surprise!
22/02/2022
Join Justin for a feel good view into the world of opal cutting. The amazing gem came to Justin as it was and he didn’t believe it was cut to its potential. So Justin sliced it into pieces to find even better color inside. Enjoy the ride. Also if you are interested in the gems in the video. they
75.9K
467
02:47
Results of the first LIVE opal cutting session - year 2022
17/02/2022
See the results of the first LIVE show in our new workshop. I have been so excited to share with you this new and amazing workspace and now we can Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
23.1K
100
49:43
Join me for the first LIVE rough opal session of the year
15/02/2022
Its been a while since we moved workshops and I am so proud to say that the new workshop is now ready to go. We will do a full rundown of the workshop and have a play with some rough opal to see if we can score some nice gems out of them. Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials:
33.3K
294
00:22
Some amazing gems we are showing at the Tucson gem show.
3/02/2022
25.9K
101
11:44
LIVE from the Tucson show
3/02/2022
Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
22.1K
258
09:04
An opal carving FAIL that plans changed for the better
25/01/2022
Tune in to see a fail turn into a win! When I received this piece of rough opal, its organic shape reminded me of a map of Australia — this could be a fun project! Well, it didn't quite work out as planned unfortunately but our redirection gave us success in cutting some great gems. For those of
51.9K
204
00:21
The best gem black opal I have ever owned
19/01/2022
Come and see the this amazing gem at the Tucson gem show GJX tent booth 329 Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
39.3K
182
04:50
Searching for the ultimate black opal. I found it after 60 years
18/01/2022
The discovery of a black opal of this calibre rarely occurs, which makes it so special when they are unearthed. However, when the story behind the gem is just as remarkable, then you know that serendipity has stepped in. Join me as I take you through the story of this incredible gem and how it's co
148.4K
752
12:52
See our new workshop LIVE
18/01/2022
Join us LIVE to be the first to see our new workshop. I take you on tour of the new workshop and its features. It is not totally finished and we cant cut any rough opals at the moment but I do show you a glimpse of the ultimate gem black opal that my father and I have been searching for for 60 years
16.7K
290
15:17
Uncut gem, erupting with color gets cut open and polished
4/01/2022
A Witches hat Nobby is unique to Lightning Ridge and is one of the strangest formations we get. It looks like a mini volcano. Nobody really knows what they were or why they were formed in this way. Opal hunters search far and wide for a gem like this one. The color bursting out the edges of this un
91.8K
552
01:40
Over and out 2021 — 2022, we have big plans for you!
21/12/2021
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 for what we do and your love of Opal is why we keep doing what we do and share it all with you. We can't wait to show you wh
10.1K
161
35:19
Last LIVE for the year join me and cut some nice rough opal Ep101
14/12/2021
Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
37K
266
12:22
$500 Purchase turns insane profit
7/12/2021
Come along for a ride that shows the ups and downs of opal cutting, when a purchase of rough opal turns into a phenomenal gem Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
275.1K
710
03:45
Results from last LIVE rough opal session Ep.100
2/12/2021
Here are the links to the opals https://blackopaldirect.com/product/black-opals/2-07-ct-gem-black-opal-pair-8x5x3mm/ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/black-opals/6-28-ct-double-sided-black-opal-17-5x8-9x5-7mm/ https://blackopaldirect.com/product/dark-opal/1-14-ct-dark-opal-8-2x7-6x2mm/ https:
21K
128
42:21
Join me LIVE cutting opal Ep 100
30/11/2021
Join me for another adventure delving deep into rough opal to find gems or failures. Its a fast paced but a satisfying calm session and sometimes an intense chance of finding a top gem Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www
28.8K
177
11:09
Is my black opal a true Australian black opal? how to tell
23/11/2021
This topic has been one of contention for quite a while now. There is a lot of treated opal out there that is trying to emulate Australian black opal. Even though the opal doesn't really look the same as the real and natural gems, I find it deceiving. Many people have been trying to sell this treat
31.3K
346
03:32
All the gems we cut in the last LIVE insane results
18/11/2021
Thanks for watching :) Make sure to follow us on socials: https://www.instagram.com/blackopaldirect/ https://www.facebook.com/BlackOpalDirect/
23.3K
143
44:06
LIVE opal cutting session with Justin. What an awesome morning!!
16/11/2021
Don't miss this one it was amazing Join me again for a morning/day/evening. Wherever you are to watch some nice rough opal pieces come to life on the cutting wheel. The Kindred Collection is now available on our website here https://blackopaldirect.com/category/opal-jewelry/ Thanks for watching :)
39.9K
207
17:12
Uncut gem turns into a magic black opal
9/11/2021
This week I get a taste of a Jag Hill Nobby Opal. When something goes right it really goes right. This type of opal from the Jag Hill region in Lightning Ridge is some of the best out there. I explain why in the video. When I get a piece like this, I get excited because I know there is a higher tha
84.1K
793


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




(c) 2022 Befindan Media