I have just arrived home from an inspiring six nights in Andamooka.
Located 600km north of Adelaide in the South Australian desert, Andamooka is one of Australia’s oldest opal mining townships and is known for producing white, crystal opal.
I was invited to Andamooka by Matilda and Kurt of the Andamooka Yacht Club to run two beading workshops as part of the Andamooka Workshop Week. This week of activities aimed to promote and encourage wellbeing throughout Andamooka and surrounding outback communities. I ran two classes with the local school children and both were a great success! It was so wonderful to see each and every one of the kids excited to learn and to create something with their own two hands. It was extra special to hear that the majority of the children were creating their necklaces and bracelets for loved ones at home.
On this trip, I also had the pleasure of finally meeting opal miner and cutter Hellmut Frittum who arrived in Australia from Vienna in 1961. I have been sourcing all my white opals directly from Hellmut for over a year now, so it was really great to finally put a face to his name. He took me through his mine and shared the most fascinating stories and opals with me. Meeting Hellmut was really so special – not only was he a genuine, kind man, but my connection to each and every one of his opal is now much stronger. I look forward to sharing Hellmut’s stories to those of you who wear his opals in my jewellery.