In 1967, Grandfather Jack Musgrave Blaiklock, a New Zealander, a wholesale jewellery trader moved to Australia with his son Graeme Blaiklock. Graeme fell in love with the jewellery industry. His recollection of the visits to New Zealand by the royal family and the incredible jewellery they wore struck a chord. Graeme also introduced a ‘travelling-roadshow-style’ method of promotion to local jewellers and traded successfully with this model 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”. Graeme went ‘wholesale-direct’ which, in the 1980’s ruffled a lot of feathers with competitors (today the internet has made everything ‘wholesale-direct’). 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 skillfully cut and polished Opals and Opal jewellery.
30+ years later the company, still family-owned and run by Jason Blaiklock (3rd generation family member), and has a global reach with customers in over 38 countries.
Australian Opal Cutters has two areas of expertise: 1) cutting and polishing loose Opals and 2) 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 its origin as well as its colour (a spectrometer is the only way to test this!)
Australian Pearl Divers is most likely the closest any customer will ever get to “diving for pearls” themselves!