ABOUT US

Thank you so much for taking the time to not only check our website out, but for coming in and checking on who your dealing with. My name is Dent Gardiner, I have been playing around with gemstones for almost all my life. I found, cut and sold my first opal when I was seven years old. My father drove me into town (Lightning Ridge, we lived on a mining field out of town) one Saturday morning to see a buyer named Wulf Peck. Dad told him “dont go easy on the boy, he has to learn to sell”, so Wulf did as he was asked and we went at it. After a few minutes of haggling, we settled on an amount of around four dollars and change. I do remember fighting him to the last. Just as we were about to shake hands, I noticed Wulf had some tea towels to sell to tourists pinned to the front of his stall, I quickly pulled my hand back and said “If you throw a tea towel in for my mum, you have a deal Mr Peck”. He laughed and said “He’s just as bad as you Pete”…… and I got the towel.

From that point on, I sold rough opal and cut opal to both tourists and buyers to earn pocket money. Later in my teens and early twenties I mined for opal and ran for miners. Since then I have stepped forward into jewellery.

All of the opals sold on this website are from Australia and the jewellery sold on this website is manufactured in Bali, Indonesia, home of some of the finest silver smiths in the world. More importantly, the labour prices are lower in Indonesia and this allows me to be more competetive in the market place and to offer you, the end consumer really great prices on top quality opal jewellery.

All the Australian opal jewellery we sell carries warranty for at least 12 months. When you buy opal jewellery, cut opal or rough opal from us, you buy knowing that you will be fully refunded if your not happy. When you buy from Australian Opals And Jewellery you know that when you get your opal ring or opal pendant that if its not as amazing as it looked in the photo, dosen’t fit you correctly, or your simpily not impressed with it, WE WILL SIMPLY REFUND YOUR MONEY UPON RETURN OF THE JEWELLERY IN IT”S ORIGINAL CONDITION. It is just that simple. You pay, we ship it to you for inspection, and you let us know just how happy you are and then were happy.

Best Regards,

Dent Gardiner

Australian Opals and Jewellery

email: blacklightningopal@gmail.com

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About Opal Fields

The Koroit opal field is an opal mining area in Paroo Shire in South West Queensland, Australia. It is located about 80 km north northwest of Cunnamulla. It is not a town, nor should it be confused with the town of Koroit in rural western Victoria, Australia. It has neither electricity nor running water.

The Koroit opal field is known for the very distinctive type of boulder opal that is found in its mines. In Queensland boulder opal is found within a 300 km wide belt of sedimentary rocks in the Winton Formation. Here opal is found as a kernel in small concretions.