Join us for a celebration of the International Women's Day!
It is our great pleasure to invite all PABF Associates (of all genders) to join us for a presentation of locally made jewellery followed by a formal dinner and a celebration of the International Women's Day. During the event, Renata Bernard (CEO, Opal Minded) - one of our Corporate Associates will share with us the rich history of mining opals in Australia, explain their distinguished features and properties.
There is a limited number of tickets available. Please join the waitlist if there are no more spots left.
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6:00 - 7:00 pm | Opals presentation with a glass of wine in Opal Minded, 55a George Street, The Rocks, Sydney 2000
7:30 - 9:30 pm | Private dining experience in Indu Dining, 350 Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000 (reservation under Ms Anna Wojt)
Please note that this is a self-funded dinner with an approximate cost of $70.
Who is Opal Minded?
Established in Sydney in 1989, Opal Minded is an independent high-end fine jewellery Maison dedicated exclusively to Australian opals. They are the only opal jewellery company in the world that owns their own opal mines, located in Jundah-Opalville, Queensland. The company controls the entire jewellery-making process from mining to design and craftsmanship. Steeped in a deep generational mining tradition since the 1950s Opal Minded can confidently guarantee the quality and provenance of their gemstones.
Opal Minded aims to shape the future of the opal industry which has undergone a rapid paradigm shift since the pandemic. Led by a strong moral compass and equipped by deep specialist knowledge they have forged a strong reputation for integrity and transparency. The company aspires to leverage their reputation and become the clear voice and benchmark in the industry defining what quality means in opals and opal jewellery design and craftsmanship.
Being at the forefront of sustainable opal mining since its inception Opal Minded aims to make their framework of sustainability and ethical practices well known. As a business with a woman at its helm, their Creative Director, Renata Bernard, Opal Minded contributes towards furthering and increasing awareness of the women in leadership space.
Who is Opal Minded's Founder and Opal Hunter?
An acknowledged opal visionary, John Bernard is relentless in his pursuit to achieve strict regulation of the Australian opal industry. His strong belief in sustainable mining, masterful opal cutting and polishing, and non-negotiable opal treatment disclosure is reflected in both his mining and business practices.
Opals and opal mining run in his blood. The son of an opal explorer father and a master opal cutter mother, John grew up in a family that amassed what once was the largest opal collection in the world. Hands-on and passionate, John spends much of his time working in the company’s Jundah-Opalville mines.
John’s area of expertise:
- Opal mining process – new technologies being used and the future of opal mining
- Traditional opal cutting techniques
- Opal Minded commitment to ethics and sustainability
Who is Opal Minded’s Creative?
Creative Director, Dr Renata Bernard, fell for Australian opals soon after falling in love with Opal Minded’s founder, John Bernard. Passionate about films, she was awarded a PhD in cinema before leaving academia to embrace the world of opals and jewellery design. She then successfully transitioned into being an award-winning designer and accredited NJCV valuer and gemmologist for Opal Minded.
Renata is responsible for all Opal Minded’s creations being their distinguished in-house designer. Meticulous by nature and a perfectionist, Renata has been known to remake the same hand-crafted ring multiple times to achieve the final perfect one-of-a-kind piece.
Renata’s area of expertise:
- Transparency of Opal Minded’s opal jewellery-making process including provenance and manufacture
- Explaining what is a quality opal and quality jewellery design and craftmanship
- Specific collections she has designed such as the Dream Collection
What does Opal Minded do?
Opal Minded creates bespoke opal pieces that are limited edition, one-of-a-kind and designed in-house by Renata Bernard. Opal Minded also offers an accredited valuation service for jewellery and gemstones as well as lifetime opal care services for all pieces purchased.
Our Dream Collection is a curation of our finest handcrafted opal jewellery and is every opal connoisseur’s dream. It has earned recognition and acclaim for its impeccable design and craftsmanship. Featuring some of the most beautiful opals ethically-sourced from our own Jundah-Opalville mines and other renowned Australian opal mines.
The story of each piece starts with a beautiful vision that has either taken years to form or came as a strike of inspiration. Each piece is imbued with a unique and intriguing story, one that can be retold through generations. We have been adding a piece or two to it every year, so it is exquisitely exclusive and wonderfully alluring.