BLACK STAR OPAL
Black Star Opal offers a contemporary opal gemstone and jewellery shopping experience, bringing the extraordinary colour and beauty of this rare and precious gemstone direct from Australia’s opal mines to customers around the globe. Offering only the highest quality opal products, Black Star Opal makes owning a piece of this stunning gemstone easy and affordable.
Black Star Opal is owned by a family business that has been part of the Australian opal industry since 1968 – first as miners, professional cutters and international exporters based in the world-famous outback mining town of Lightning Ridge, home of the magnificent black opal, then as wholesalers and retailers.
AUSTRALIAN OPAL CENTRE
The Australian Opal Centre (AOC) is a vibrant not-for-profit ‘people’s project’, with members and supporters worldwide. The AOC explores and celebrates Australia’s national gemstone through art and scientific research, education, training, and cultural and economic development. It has assembled Australia’s premier public collection of priceless opalised fossils, stunning opal gemstones and history and heritage of Australia’s opal fields.
To house its internationally significant collections, programs and activities, the AOC has commissioned an extraordinary light-filled, two-storey underground building designed by celebrated Australian architects Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin. The building will be a 21st century architectural icon, destination and hub of creativity and enterprise located at Lightning Ridge, NSW.
JEWELLERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA
Established in 1931, the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA) works to represent and protect the interests of the jewellery industry and its consumers. With a membership of around 1100 outlets, the JAA is a national organisation that covers all areas of the jewellery industry - from manufacturing and wholesaling to distribution and retail.
The JAA is proud to promote the highest standards and ethics within the Australian jewellery industry and encourages consumers to shop with confidence where they see the JAA member sign. When you shop at a JAA member store, you can be assured that you are working with some of the most knowledgeable and trustworthy jewellery retail professionals in the industry.
OPAL COVE RESORT
With its entrance located on the Pacific highway just a few minutes’ drive from local tourist attractions in Coffs Harbour, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW, Opal Cove Resort commands an absolute beachfront position on the beautiful beach of Korora Bay.
The luxurious 4-star resort offers guests a chance to unwind in an almost perfect climate amidst the sub-tropical surroundings of banana plantations and rainforest covered hills. With a range of accommodation including hotel style rooms and self contained villas, there is something to suit every taste or budget.
LOTS OF WATTS AUSTRALIA
Lots of Watts Australia has been providing professional audio, visual and lighting solutions for over 20 years. From the largest Australia Day concert to corporate events like an Annual General Meeting or product launch, Lots of Watts has the experience, expert staff and commercial audio and visual equipment to help - right across the country.
Lots of Watts offers quality lighting and audio hire equipment and production crew for short and long term hire, which is suitable for all events from TV productions, Outside Broadcasts (OB’s) and even fun runs; school formals and gala dinners; as well as venue showcases and corporate functions.
DIAMONDS BY DESIGN
Specialising in bespoke jewellery design, Diamonds by Design believes in working with customers to create the perfect piece of jewellery, be it a wedding or engagement ring, unique item of diamond jewellery or a gem. Diamonds by Design is owned by Karen Lindley, a qualified gemmologist and registered valuer with nearly 40 years experience in the Australian gem industry.
Passionate about supporting local small businesses and charitable causes, Karen has served terms on many industry and not-for-profit boards including AGIA, OANG, JAA Boards, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and The Small Business Development Board. Karen recently received awards for 2014 NSW Volunteer of the Year and 2015 District NSW Woman of the Year.