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On one of the hottest January days of the summer of 1954, the Soklich family arrived on the shores of Fremantle. Weeks earlier, they were living high in the Slovenian Alps (very much alike to those often see in the sound of music) where temperatures were often well below -10°C. Through a family friend, who himself was an avid rock hound, their love affair with the rugged outback began. It didn’t take long for the Soklich family to adjust to the drastic temperature change and find themselves in the heart of Western Australia’s Pilbara Region, mining for beautiful gemstones.
The first mine the Soklich family ever owned was an Amethyst mine on Wyloo Station, 200km south-east of Onslow. From there – and with the help of friends like Lang Hancock, who would often fly Dan Soklich around in his two-seater Cessna, providing a birds-eye view of areas of interest – their passion drove them further into the heart of Western Australia, searching for more precious gems. During the mid-70s, on an overseas sales trip selling Broome Pearls to London, Dan was presented an offer too good to refuse. It involved purchasing a gem cutting factory with a large contract to cut and polish Rubies and Sapphires in Bangkok. After many successful years cutting and polishing gemstones, including Australia’s own Argyle Diamonds, Soklich & Co. turned their hands to jewellery manufacturing.
At the same time the factory in Bangkok was thriving, Soklich & Co. was manufacturing jewellery in Australia, mainly supplying retail outlets in regional centres. Soon after, Soklich & Co. moved all of its overseas operations back to Perth to focus solely on the Australian market. In the years since, Soklich & Co. has developed into one of Australia’s largest wholesale jewellery manufacturers, supplying high-end jewellery in Australia and New Zealand. Focused on using all things Australian, Soklich & Co. jewellery features Broome Pearls, Argyle and Ellendale Diamonds and, more importantly, Australian gold and labour, all proudly crafted here in Australia.
Soklich & Co. has an outstanding amount of beautiful, natural diamonds all originating from the Western Australian Kimberley Region. The team at Soklich & Co., with their award-winning jewellers and designers, offer a personalised service working to the company mantra of “Pure imagination captured by bespoke design”. As a family business spanning generations, we would like to welcome you into the latest chapter of our love affair with all things precious.