From tourist tat to urban chic: How an unassuming Australian gemstone got a glamorous New York makeover

From tourist tat to urban chic: How an unassuming Australian gemstone got a glamorous New York makeover

9:53 PM on 13th October 2011

Urban Boulder

New lease of life: Boulder opal, a rare and much maligned Australian gemstone, has been given a makeover by New York jewellery label Urban Boulder

Urban Boulder

Urban inspiration: New York City is present in every piece – even Manhattan”s ubiquitous one-way sign has found its way into the collection

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From ordinary to extraordinary: Chevron motifs make for elegant earrings (left), while bare brickwork is translated into necklaces (right), rings and even cufflinks

Lisa Simpson and Remo Carbone

Creative force: Lisa Simpson and Remo Carbone are the brains behind the brand. They told how the idea for Urban Boulder was sparked by a single conversation