Having been involved with Opals over the last 40 years I have entered numerous jewellery competitions as well as been featured in some of the big industry publications. The following sections showcase some of the awards and recognition I have received over the years:


International opal jewellery design awards

The International Opal Jewellery Design Awards are held every two years and are one of the biggest Opal competitions in the world. Held in Lightning Ridge over the last weekend of July, it is a four day event that brings together Opal lovers from all over the world.

‘Wait a minute. It’s coming to me’ – 2013 Design Awards

‘Wait a minute. It’s coming to me’ is a piece I entered in the 2013 Design Awards where it claimed first prize in the 9 to 5 Wear category.

‘Touch’ – 2011 Design Awards

‘Touch’ was a piece I entered in the 2011 Opal Jewellery Design Awards where it claimed first prize in the Fantacy Section.

‘Earths Curve’ – 2000 Australian Gemstones in Jewellery Design Awards

Run by the Jewellers Association of Australia and sponsored by Gemmological Association of Australia the Gemstones in Jewellery Design Awards covers not only Opal but all types of Gemstones. Earth’s Curve won not only the Opal section but the whole competition.

Design Award Pictures & More Information

Yowah opal festival designer jewellery competition

The Yowah Opal Festival Designer Jewellery Competition was commenced in 1997 to begin to promote Yowah Opal. I’ve entered the competition multiple times over the years and you can see my entries here.

Yowah Opal Award Pictures & Information

Media & recognition


Jeweller Magazine

Jeweller is Australia’s leading business-to-business magazine that serves the jewellery industry. Recently they published my article around how Opals are misrepresented.

Opal Jewellery – Who’s Who of Master Jewellers

Over at Opals Information they created a list of the top Australian Jewellers and were kind to include us. Here is what they say:

Ian (Mac) Macarthur began his career in the jewellery business working as a store hand for Dunklings jewellers of Melbourne, soon after leaving school. Mac is a specialised Opal jeweller who has perfected his techniques over 40 years. Having competed...

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