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.