When luxury jewellers Chopard presented Australian company Aurora Opals with a major award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, it cemented their position as one of Australia’s leading jewellery makers. With the onset of Covid hampering export opportunities, this impressive family business has turned its attention to opening their first retail store… right here on the North Shore!
Husband and wife team Daniel and Michelle Hatcher are Australian Opal royalty. Both from well-known Lightning Ridge families (the home of the world famous black opal), they grew up learning the trade, from cutting to polishing to marketing on the world scene. Fast forward to today and they frequently supply luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and more.
Now raising their young family in Mosman, 2020 seemed like the right time to launch a retail presence, and Jewels by Aurora opened in November at 732 Military Road.
As well as their stunning Aurora Opals (which are designed, cut and polished in house), the store also showcases diamond, pearl and coloured gemstone jewellery. These come from the supplier relationships the Hatchers have made in the global market over the years, and, given their wholesale relationships, are very well priced.
All pieces can be customised to suit your individual needs and wants. As Michelle Hatcher puts it, “Jewellery is all about making people feel happy. If you love what you’re wearing you’re more likely to feel good, and this makes us feel good”.
As well as offering beautiful jewellery pieces at affordable prices, there’s also a huge emphasis on ethically sources products at Jewels by Aurora. Aurora Opals prides itself on safe, ethical and sustainable production techniques – taking gems direct from mine to market themselves – and they have the same expectation from their global network of suppliers. In 2017 they were awarded a Chopard GCC Award for Commitment to Sustainability and Social Justice. Michelle and Daniel Hatcher collected this at the Cannes Film Festival… quite the coup for a young couple from Lightning Ridge. And now, they bring their passion and expertise to Mosman. Head on in to Jewels by Aurora – the team are ready to welcome you.
Don’t miss two Champagne Shopping Events!
On Thursday December 17 and Thursday December 24 Jewels by Aurora will have extended trading hours until 9pm and will be offering shoppers bubbles while they browse. The perfect shopping expedition!