About the Opal Artisan ...

Known as the Opal Artisan, Alan Thomson is renowned world wide for his unique and distinctly individual opal jewellery. He is recognised internationally for his skill as one of the premier opal cutters in the trade.

Highly respected in the opal industry, Alan and his wife Vernetta, (a 2nd generation opal cutter) each have over 30 years experience in the industry. Over those years they have been involved at all level of the industry, from mining through to retailing. They have a great wealth of knowledge and expertise, especially in the area of Queensland Boulder Opal.

It is in the tiny town of Quilpie, in outback Queensland that Alan and Vernetta established and successfully operate their opal cutting and wholesale business. They have also established an office in Toowoomba, which is managed by Vernetta. Preferring to do the processing themselves, they cut each stone and individually produce each item of jewellery, enabling full control over the design and quality of workmanship of each piece. Alan takes pride in his work and as result production is limited to several hundred pieces per year. It is their commitment to quality of service, workmanship and customer satisfaction which is the ethos of their business. It is this pride and a commitment to outstanding quality that is second to none that has made Alan’s jewellery and opal artworks highly collectable. Many of his works can be found in collections throughout the world. One of his opal artworks was presented to the Pope by The Sisters of St. Joseph, on his visit to Australia for the Beatification of Mary Mackillop.

An innovator and leader in this style of jewellery, Alan has pushed the boundaries of electro-cast jewellery creating a unique and exciting style of jewellery and corporate gifts. With a strong belief that items of jewellery should be elegant but simple, reflecting today’s lifestyle, Alan has developed his own distinct and contemporary style of boulder opal jewellery and corporate gifts.

Highly sought after, all of Alan’s pieces bear his mark, a guarantee that you’ve purchased an Alan Thomson original.

Thomson Design Mark