Quality Opals for over 50 years!
A Family Concern
The Provatidis Opal Collection is exclusively mined by John Provatidis at Coober Pedy in South Australia.
Over his half-century of mining this most precious gemstone with its fiery colors and mysterious lights, John Provatidis has become intimately aware of every variation and characteristic.
Sophia Provatidis has also had a passion to see the family business, which she had helped John build up over so many years, grow further and to make her mark in the industry she adores.
And so Majestic Opals was created.
The concept behind Majestic Opals is to give its customers direct access to the people who actually mine the opals. No high-pressure selling, dubious deals, nor exorbitant markups. Just honest and dedicated service by a family with a genuine desire to offer their treasured opals to their customers from all over the world.
A second generation of the Provatidis family has now joined the company. John and Sophia's daughter, Michelle, a gemologist, brings a new zeal and the enthusiasm of youth.
In 1964, John Provatidis, a migrant from Greece, set off for Coober Pedy in the barren, arid heartland of South Australia. Digging with pick and shovel, he learned the art of mining opal the hard way. But the backbreaking toil also made him appreciate the intricacies of the land he was working. Its ethereal beauty, peacefulness, harshness and, its riches.
Sophia Provatidis supported her husband throughout the years, as he became a respected miner and then wholesaler. Sophia is the driving force that has seen the business expand into cutting and polishing of the raw stones called 'rough' opal by the miners.
The business specializes in opalized fossils such as shells, snails, starfish and leaves that are regarded as collectors' pieces by astute investors. Sophia has incorporated these exquisite gems into designer jewelry, which finds excellent appeal with people from all over the world.
Daughter Michelle is developing a range of corporate gifts such as glass plates and bowls with inlaid opals. Artists and designers are collaborating to produce unique pieces, which can be proudly displayed by their discerning owners. She has mastered the art of cutting and polishing and, is wholesaling opals nationally and internationally.
Chosen by the South Australian Government to research and develop Safety measures in the opal fields. This resulted in the production of a safety book and video in four languages used by all South Australian miners. The project won a Judges Citation Award in 1999 from the South Australian Resources Industry.
Since 1998 - Exporters Club
Since 1996 - Australian American Association
Since 1994 - Asia-Pacific Business Council for Women Inc
Since 1981 - Australian Gem & Opal Industry Association