In 1967, Grandfather Jack Musgrave Blaiklock, a New Zealander, a wholesale jewellery trader and a visionary, moved to Australia, with his son Graeme Blaiklock. Graeme fell in love with the Jewellery industry and traded sucessfully for many years. In 1982, Graeme started his own Opal company Australian Opal Cutters in Sydney Australia. He was inspired by a local limousine driver whose guests "complained that they could get better prices back home". From these humble beginnings grew the word-of-mouth phenomenon that is "Australian Opal Cutters".
Today Australian Opal Cutters has grown to be the world’s leading producer of skilfully cut and polished Opals and Opal jewellery.
30+ years later the company, still family-owned and run by Jason (3rd generation family member), and has a global reach with exclusive cruise liners and a presence in over 38 countries.
Australian Opal Cutters comprises two major businesses, one cutting and polishing loose opals and the other creating hand-crafted jewellery products.
Graeme has been actively involved in all areas of the gem and jewellery trades for decades including manufacturing, retailing, trade shows and wholesaling. He brings a depth of knowledge to the industry, but, more importantly, a deep love for the industry and the customers (who are the lifeblood of any business!)
A high demand for quality pearls resulted in the founding of Australian Pearl Divers as a branch of Australian Opal Cutters in the mid 1990's.
Australian Pearl Divers are "aggregators" which means that Graeme travels far and wide to find the best farms, producing the finest quality pearls at the most competitive prices. Once these pearl 'parcels' have been purchased they will be absorbed into the collection and presented for sale. Graeme regularly checks his pearls in a very sophisticated gem testing machine known as a "Spectrometer". This machine is able to determine not only the type of pearl, but tell if a pearl has been dyed or not! A most valuable tool as a pearl should be natural in it's origin as well as its color (an a spectrometer is the only way to test this!)
Australian Pearl Divers is most likely the closest any customer will every get to "diving for pearls" themselves!
Gold Pearls | Black Pearls
Gold pearls - Golden South Sea pearls are grown in the gold-lip variety of the Pinctada maxima, South Sea pearl oyster and are some of the biggest, most expensivevaluable pearls produced today. They display warm, natural, golden tones and no additives or treatments are required to maximise the beauty of these amazing gems.
Black pearls are formed when that piece of sand gets stuck in the body of a very specific type of oyster, the Tahitian black-lipped Pinctada margaritifera. The interior shell, called the nacre, of most oysters is usually a glossy white or silver but the Tahitian black-lipped oyster features a thick band of black.
Pearl Earrings | Necklaces | Pendants | Rings,
At Australian Pearl Divers the experts in pure pearl, natural and cultured pearls providing a wide range of luxurious pearl earrings, pearl necklaces, pearl pendants, pearl strands and pearl rings.
South Sea Pearls | Tahitian Pearls
South Sea cultured pearls are currently produced in the saltwater eareas throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, primarily in Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. These waters are the native habitat of a large oyster known as Pinctada maxima.
The Tahitian pearl (or black pearl) is an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster (Pinctada margaritifera). These pearls derive their name from the fact that they are primarily cultivated around the islands of French Polynesia, around Tahiti.