Daniel Mekis has been dealing and cutting rough opal since 2005. He has been trained by some of the best cutters in the world, among them, Justin Thomas of Black Opal Direct in Australia and Paul Downing, author and award-winning opal cutter. Over the years, Daniel has fostered relationships with some of the top opal miners in Australia and Brazil, a connection that has proven key to the acquisition of only the finest quality rough opal parcels.

Mekis displays the unique ability to unveil the maximum potential of a rough stone. His meticulous cutting style, paired with the highest quality of handpicked rough opal, creates a finished product that is simply astonishing. Several finished stones have been sold to collectors or set in high-end jewelry. Most recently, some of Daniel's work is being displayed in Carmel, California and Santa Cruz, California. Daniel's work also includes re-cutting and restoring stones in need of repair or re-polish. He has an eye for detail, a very fine finish polish technique, and top-gem-quality rough stones to work with. Featured here are some of the top stones Daniel has cut and collected over the years.


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March 13, 2017

This black opal started out in a parcel that was top quality.  After a couple of days of looking the parcel over and planning, the rough opals were rubbed to get rid of waste, and start shaping the gems.  This stone in particular took another year or more of sitting an...

June 6, 2016

Watch on a large screen, and make sure to select 4k resolution to enjoy the true beauty this stone has to offer.  A gem passed from a father to a son, and given to his love, this opal is an amazing gift with a beautiful story.

March 23, 2015

Let’s face it, it’s hard to value opal. Some days we all wish it were as easy as diamonds. Cut, color, clarity and carat and viola – it is done. Yes, I know the experts will say that diamonds are a bit harder than that but for the lay person – that is the basics.

In tod...

February 1, 2015

The video below by, Justin Thomas, gives a very good How-To on opal cutting.  Justin is a true master of opal cutting, and a great resource for cutters of all types.  Visit his video tutorials at www.blackopaldirect.com

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