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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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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 blob
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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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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It was clean and clear with gem color so I cut it
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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Huge marble shaped rough opal. Is it beaten by sand?
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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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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