A.Dalheimer & Co
A.Dalheimer & Co was founded in Melbourne in 1908 by my grandfather August. He came from a small village named Tiefenstein, in the surrounds of the internationally famous town for gemstone manufacture, Idar – Oberstein in Germany. August was a fifth generation gemstone cutter. He established the workshop on the corner of Elizabeth and Lt,Collin’s St.
My father August followed in the family tradition acquiring the skills of the lapidary taught to him by his father, and specialized in opal cutting and polishing, serving the Melbourne jewellery trade. August, or Gus as he was known had a brother Ernest, my uncle, who also worked within the business, however Ernest moved to the world famous black opal mining town of Lightning Ridge in NSW where he continued cutting and polishing.
I started my lapidary career with Gus in 1969 learning opal cutting and polishing, however I was eager to further my knowledge and learn the art of faceting which is a very different art to opal manufacture. Gus sent me to the old home town of Tiefenstein in Idar- Oberstein where I was taught the method of faceting by hand and facet placement by eye.
In 1993 I established a gemstone manufacturing business in Bangkok, Thailand with some thirty employees. During that time I completed a G.I.A. course in Jewellery Design.
A.Dalheimer & Co continues – many of my clients are themselves third generation jewellers. I have expanded the business to encompass jewellery designs, and finished jewellery pieces made with exclusive gems.