Experienced, passionate, committed, caring - these simple words define the Altmann + Cherny family and team.

The whole team at Altmann + Cherny are a close and supportive group. The outstanding family spirit this company exhibits is not only for the staff but also extends to the clients. The experience and knowledge that the team share every day make it a pleasure to be a part of. 

John Altmann

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Rudy Cherny

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FIONA ALTMANN – Managing director. Commenced 2001

There was never any doubt that Fiona would join the family business. She has mirrored her grandfather’s passion for Australian opals. Learning the jewellery trade from her Mother and Grandfather, Fiona quickly established herself as an enthusiastic supporter of both the Opal industry and Australian Tourism. Fiona leads by example maintaining the family’s exemplary standards and values.

Fiona continues the family tradition of travelling to the Opal fields to buy directly from the miners. She is the head designer and works closely with the goldsmiths to ensure the highest standards. Fiona’s love of Australian opal is evident in her captivating opal presentations. Fiona is always available to assist clients with any queries or concerns.

Peter Cherny – MD (semi-retired) Commenced 1976


Claire Altmann – MD (SEMI-RETIRED) Commenced 1984


Stephen Cherny – MD (SEMI-RETIRED) Commenced 1979


Matthew Morin, FGA, FCGmA

riginally from Canada, Matthew’s impressive credentials include a Diploma of Gem Studies, Canadian Gemological Association and the Gemological Association of Great Britain.  He is the President of the Gemological Association of Australia, New South Wales and also a lecturer with them, where his specialty is Australian Opal.

Matthew is involved in all aspects of the Opal industry from buying opals from the miners to designing unique pieces of jewelry.  He travels regularly to the opal fields where he loves to hear the remarkable tales of life at the outback camps and the miners’ search for this allusive gem.

SUSAN SWAIN. Commenced 1988

Susan is our most senior staff member, having been with Altmann + Cherny for nearly 30 years.

Susan was the Sales and Marketing Manager for 25 years and has been involved in all aspects of the business. Her patience when assisting clients in finding that very special piece is always apparent, as is her love of this beautiful gemstone.

Michelle MacDonald. Commenced 1999

Even though Michelle has worked with Opals for nearly 20 years she is still in awe of this fascinating stone. She loves how the colours and patterns are constantly changing as the stone moves. She has great respect for the opal miners, the harsh conditions they endure and their heavy workload.

Michelle is delighted that her daughter recently designed an opal pendant and it seems her love of opal is being passed down to the next generation.

ElEna Zolotarev. Commenced 2006

Elena loves to work with people from all over the world. The happiness which she helps to create, knowing that the special opal will be passed on to future generations. She admires the bright colours, organic textures and interesting shapes of all opals.