Luminous, Ethereal Jewelry
FADE TO BLACK Studio revolves around the concept of light and darkness. The ethereal light in opal, trapped in darkness for millennia, is unearthed and adorned, a representation of our own journey through life. The timeless designs of each piece are inspired by the inherent human desire to reach into the unknown and construct a manmade ode to eternity, the opal representing the radiant light with which we continuously seek to surround ourselves.
Fade To Black opals are unique. All of the stones used in our collections are ethically sourced from Lightning Ridge and some parts of Queensland, and production is monitored by Tatiana’s Father, Mario Ikasovic, who has been working in the opal industry for over 40 years where his uncompromising expertise and unparalleled level of craftsmanship has made him the top opal supplier to some of the world’s most respected fashion houses and jewellers.
Polishing and cutting is all done by hand within our company without any outsourcing, guaranteeing complete control over the quality and practice of such a delicate gem. Fade To Black has built close relationships with miners for many years, ensuring that every single piece can be traced back to the very mine they were sourced from and guarantees that the stones are conflict free and the miner gets the fairest price for their hard labor.
Australian Opals are a finite source. Often referred to as the ‘Mystery stone’, the illusive gem is incredibly difficult to find and the miner relies on an element of chance in finding an illustrious color bar amidst the limestone in a dim, underground shaft. They are truly one of the last naturally occurring gemstones – they are simply unearthed, cut, and polished without the use of heat or chemicals.
Tatiana designs all the pieces at the FTB Studio in Los Angeles, carefully pairing her designs with the befitting stones and then works closely with a skilled team of jewellers in Sydney and Los Angeles. Each piece is handcrafted around the individual nature of the stone, ensuring a unique experience where no two are alike. Due to the careful consideration taken to craft each piece, some designs will be need to be pre-ordered and may take up to 2 weeks to be completed.
Tatiana currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she has a Studio.
Variance in Opals
FTB Studio is committed to using Solid Australian opal gemstones, and as such each piece is individual and comes with its own colour story. Opals naturally vary in colour and size, and each piece will have individual characteristics that may vary from the photograph. Please contact us if you wish to see the exact stone you'll be getting. We work closely with our customers to find them their perfect match.
For details regarding the different types of opal and colour variations, please email us at email@example.com
As a company, we pride ourselves on quality and price transparency. We use materials that are made to last: no fillers, vermeil or gold plating. We only use solid, natural Australian opals, Fair mined diamonds, ethical and conflict free gemstones, and solid 14 karat and 18 Karat gold in all of our pieces. Our precious opals are sourced as close to the earth as possible, allowing us to cut out the middleman and keep our prices reasonable, whilst using the very best materials to ensure the highest standard of product every time. We want our customers to feel included in the process and receive pieces that are unique to them.
Inside the Cutting Process
Meet the Founder
Tatiana's mining tour of Lightning Ridge, Australia