Michael and Jane have been passionately involved in mining, cutting, and making Unique Jewellery with their Australian Sapphires for more than 32 years. Originally from Sydney, Michael and Jane moved to Rubyvale in 1986 and began successfully mining. Jane had learnt to cut gemstones as a teenager at Beecroft Lapidary Club and had an early appreciation of Gems. Michael also had a desire of all things mineral and studied Gemmology coming First in Australia – receiving high distinctions and NSW Trustees award and Blinman Prize.
In the early years at Rubyvale, mining dominated – with the best stones retained for Jane’s cutting and the bulk being sold to ‘Thai buyers’. The gems that were cut by Jane were set in distinctive Jewellery and marketed throughout Queensland and NSW.
As the mining became uneconomical Michael moved more into gemological and valuing work motivated by Australian Sapphires. Jane continued as a Master Gem Cutter and now loves to design jewellery around her beautiful gems, working with the same talented Jewellers and Goldsmiths since the beginning to create a quality selection of Fine Jewellery. Their collection is for Lovers of Gems and Jewellery.
Michael and Jane built their ‘billy boulder’ house and shop on 3 acres of freehold land at the northern side of Rubyvale. In 1999 they opened their accommodation and have excellent reviews on Trip Advisor for that perfect holiday stay – Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units – for guests travelling the Outback who desire a unique quality bush experience. Rubyvale Motel & Holiday Units
Sapphire Rings are our passion! Locally mined & faceted- Jane loves to design that individual piece and working with Australian Jewellers we provide you with the best quality for price. An All Australian piece of Jewellery you can be proud to own.