Alan Thomson’s artworks are of enduring quality, born of precision coupled with outstanding artistry. Designed to attract attention, an Alan Thomson piece is recognized as one of the most collectable in the trade.
Over thirty years ago, a young Sydney University graduate with an interest in gemstones came to outback Queensland to take a look at boulder opal mining. Smitten with the brilliant beauty of the boulder opal, he turned his back on a career as a biochemist and bought his first parcel of rough opal.
Today Alan Thomson is recognized world wide as one of the premier opal cutters in the trade and is renowned for his skill in presenting boulder opal in exciting and innovative ways. Always conscious of the character of the stone, Alan’s designs range from the simplicity of a single stone on a sterling silver choker to intricate patterns influenced by native fauna electro-cast on to superb boulder specimens. For more than thirty years Alan lived and worked in the tiny town of Quilpie located in the heart of Queensland’s boulder opal country. Mining, cutting, polishing, then finally setting the stone in distinctive bold designs earned him the reputation of being Australia’s premier opal artisan.
A perfectionist by nature, Alan’s opal artworks are of enduring quality and it is this precision coupled with outstanding artistry that makes an Alan Thomson piece one of the most collectable in the trade. His treatment of the Quilpie boulder opal, whether as jewelry or corporate gift item, is unsurpassed.
Alan has been accepted as a member of the Gold and Silversmiths Guild and each piece is marked with the Makers Mark, Metal Mark, Guild Mark and Date Mark.