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The family moved to the Atherton Tablelands from Mt. Isa in 1992 and Nick established The Gem Gallery in August of that year. He focused on producing his own range of solid opals cut on the premises and began hand-making jewellery. In 1993 the shop was extended to incorporate a coffee shop serving locally grown tea and coffee, and set in a garden complete with a pond and waterfall.

In the pursuit of high end opal and to increase affordabilty Nick began travelling across Australia to purchase rough opal directly from the mines, leading him to the Winton opal auctions in 1994. The following years saw Nick hone his skills as an opal cutter and jeweller, and has since passed his skills onto his son.

In 1997 the family began travelling overseas promoting opal and the Tablelands. Since 1998 Nick and David have also exhibited at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in Arizona, which is now the largest Gem Show in the United States. In 2001 a 50-acre property was purchased with the vision of establishing a small luxury farm stay. After years of loving restoration and environmentally aimed landscaping, Maroobie Creek Lodge has now been realized and offers accommodation for small to medium groups.

In 2002, David joined the staff full-time and commenced a jewellery apprenticeship which he completed three years later. He has brought a unique style to the business and specializes in quality one-of-a-kind custom made pieces.

Following the devastation of cyclone Larry in 2006, the family aided in Yungaburra's effort of recovery. A further three months were required to make repairs to Maroobie Creek Lodge, but the general clean-up took a further year.

Shortly after, Kay began producing a new range of pearl and gemstone jewellery for wholesale and retail, to which the response has been staggering. Inspired by Kay's new jewellery, and to properly cater to its growing demand, the family decided to resize and refurbish the now well-known Gem Gallery. Due to the experience gained in the construction of the Lodge, the new lay out was completed in less than five months, of which the shop was closed for a single day. The result has doubled the original floor space and now provides a warm, inviting environment while keeping with the town's heritage rainforest feel.