Tim began working in the jewellery industry in 1998 for a local watch maker. He then paired up with Steven in 2001 and began a jewellery apprenticeship under Steven’s tuition. Tim completed Certificate 111 in Jewellery Manufacturing in 2005 and also has a Diploma in Opal Cutting. He also has been a competitor in the annual Workskills Australia Competition for Jewellery.
He has a very sharp eye for diamonds and has completed a Diploma in Practical Diamond Grading (Gemmological Association of Australia). Steven and Tim have worked side by side ever since and have now, together, built Adelaide’s largest opal manufacturing workshop.
Steven has extensive knowledge of opal with a passion that began back in 1995 when he was taught the art of opal cutting and polishing at high school at the age of just 13. He then began a jewellery manufacturing apprenticeship in 1997 and within four years was leading a team of jewellers, where he specialised in delicate opal manufacturing and handsetting. Handsetting is an art which not many people have mastered; it means to set opal without the use of glue, the stone uses the metal to hold it in place, making it extremely safe and lasting a lifetime.
Steven holds a Certificate 111 in Jewellery Manufacturing, a Diploma in Opal Cutting and has been a competitor in the annual Workskills Australia Competition for Jewellery.