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From The Outback To A Fine Jewel In One Journey | Opal Minded

5 January 2023 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Free Tickets online. Bookings essential.
55a George Street
The Rocks, NSW 2000 Australia
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A fine jewellery boutique, situated in heart of Sydney’s historic The Rocks precinct lies at the intersections of many journeys. It is a wonder-filled connecting station between Jundah-Opalville, a remote opal mine, and the destination for opal lovers around the world. The connecting thread of these journeys is weaved by the duo of an opal miner John Bernard, and his jewellery designer wife, Renata Bernard. Meet Opal Minded’s directors in person to listen to intriguing stories from rash Australian outback. Find out about the process from mining rough opal to jewel. Indulge yourself in the beauty of the national Australian precious gemstone. Get inspired by word-class jewellery creations.

This exclusive event is conducted in Polish and in English.

Dr Renata Bernard is a jewellery designer, gemmologist, and registered valuer at Opal Minded. She is also a wife, mother, Polish migrant, author and an academic turned creative. Many of Renata’s designs start with a rough opal from the Australian outback, which she turns into a one-of-a-kind high limited edition opal jewellery. She designed more than 15K Australian opal pieces worn around the world. Bespoke and pret-a-porter.

An acknowledged opal visionary, John Bernard is an opal miner, opal cutter, and treasury seeker. The son of an opal explorer father, John Benny Wojciechowski and a master opal cutter mother, John grew up in opal fields. He believes in sustainable mining, masterful opal cutting, and polishing, and non-negotiable opal treatment disclosure is reflected in both his mining and business practices. A true opal hunter, with precious opals in his veins, John is passionate about the environment and the Earth’s future, his time in between the opal digs is spent on reinventing the world order as we know it.

Established in 1989 in Sydney, Opal Minded is a fine jewellery Maison dedicated exclusively to Australian opals. The company owns the biggest opal mine in Jundah-Opalville, Queensland, operated conflict-free and using sustainable practices. With a highly qualified team of gemmologists, valuers, and opal specialists, Opal Minded is reputed for its guaranteed excellence in design and customer service. Each jewel is one-of-a-kind and comes with the life-long guarantee of service. Opal Minded’s mission is to increase the happiness quotient of the world using the most magical gemstone of the world, Australian opals, relying on a sense of the responsibility for the future of our planet, and a strong moral compass to accomplish that.