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Andrew Kemeny

Andrew Kemeny studied physics, mathematics, chemistry and computing sciences at Victoria University New Zealand in the late 1970's but then departed from academia entirely to commence a long career in the corporate world for over 20 years. Andrew emigrated to Australia in 1987 and has two adult sons.

Commencing his own business in 2001 he moved to Lightning Ridge in 2011. One does not move to the home of black opal without becoming infected by its magic and allure, so he embarked upon an immersive education program successfully completing opal cutting and carving courses, then applying himself to the practicalities of opal carving, which has become his passion.

Supported by his partner Vicki Bokros and mentor Daniela L'Abbate, Andrew has subsequently created a number of stunning works of opal artistry, and in 2015 scooped the amateur categories of the International Opal Jewelry Design Awards, including first place in both figurative and abstract amateur carving divisions.

Andrew enjoys spending spare time in his “back shed”, an opal mine not far from home and fifty feet down in the cool, quiet workings digging for the elusive opal.