Andrew Kemeny studied physics, mathematics, chemistry and computing sciences at Victoria University New Zealand in the mid 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 met Vicki in 2010 and 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. Since that time Andrew has become a successful opal carver in his own right, and teaches students regularly through group classes for the Australian Opal Centre, and also privately one-on-one. Andrew demonstrates opal carving at the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the USA each February. Andrew’s works of art are becoming collectables in their own right.
Andrew and Vicki became engaged in 2019 and following in their parents’ footsteps, plan to marry on the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary in late June 2021 (subject to lifting of international travel restrictions due to Coronavirus) followed by family celebrations in the Netherlands.
When not carving, Andrew enjoys spending spare time making movies or in his “back shed”, the DTEO opal mine not far from our home and fifty feet down in the cool, quiet workings digging for the elusive opal.