In The News
GIA.edu features John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection Opals
Date: Sept. 2019
John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection opal is featured in the Gemological Institute of America Inc. educational website
AGTA Prism Magazine Vol 2: John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection Featured with Actress Marisol Nichols
Date: May 2019
John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection is featured with Actress Marisol Nichols photo-shoot in AGTA Prism Magazine..
InStore Mag: John Ford Introduces Exclusive Mine Opal Portfolio
Date: May 2019
Expanding his Lightning Ridge Collection, John Ford is launching a new exclusive Mine Provenance Portfolio of loose gem quality Lightning Ridge black opals with a transparent chain of custody to the mine of origin in Lightning Ridge...
Actress Marisol Nichols with John Ford's Opals featured in 'The Retail Jeweler'
Date: April 2019
Necklace: Platinum necklace featuring a black Opal cabochons (38.43 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (.95 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.95 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.76 ctw.) by John Ford of Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford....
John Ford's 2019 AGTA Buyer’s Choice winner featured in 'Southern Jewelry News'
Date: March 2019
2019 Southern Jewelry News, “The AGTA show lived up to expectations as discriminating buyer traffic was brisk. Some trends I see for 2019-20 are continued strong demand for blue and green gemstones. Our strongest seller was blue/green black opal, both set and loose. Our Spectrum Award winning necklace with blue/green black opals, tsavorites, sapphires and diamonds no doubt influenced our buyers. Overall I see more smaller independent retail buyers looking to add quality color gems, like our Australian opals, to their inventories.”...
John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection featured in 'Mid America Jewelry News'
Date: January 2019
2019 Southern Jewelry News, “Spectrum of Light" - John Ford’s exquisite black Lightning Ridge opals ...
John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection featured in 'Southern Jewelry News'
Date: January 2019
2019 Southern Jewelry News, “John Ford’s passion for opals has catapulted him from wholesale opal dealer - he regularly visits and sources the gems from the mines in Lightning Ridge,...
FORD WINS SPECTRUM AWARDS FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Date: August 7, 2018
The American Gem Trade Association has just announced today in New York it’s 2018 Spectrum Award winners, John Ford for the third consecutive year has won multiple Spectrum Awards. This is a major achievement as the AGTA Spectrum Awards are the most prestigious jewelry and gemstone competition in the world...
'Southern Jewelry News' features John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection
Date: March 2018
2018 Southern Jewelry and Mid America Jewelry News, “2018 Unleased Designers’ Fashion Forecast. John Ford 3.01 ct heart shaped black opal with .41 ctw diamonds, white gold necklace. ....
'The Retail Jeweler' features the Lightning Ridge Collection Again
Date: March/April 2018
Earrings: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum earringd featuring oval black Opals (11.70 ctw.) accented with Diamonds. Bracelet: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum Bracelet featuring black Opals (24.02 ctw) accented with Diamonds ....
American Gem Society
Date: August 2017
John Ford Continues Award-Winning Streak at 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards
John Ford triumphed again victoriously in two categories in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2017 Spectrum Awards. Ford won Platinum Honors in both the Evening Wear Division and the Business/Day Wear Division.....
Date: October 2017
US JEWELLERY DESIGNER TRIUMPHS WITH AUSSIE OPAL. A Texan-based jewellery designer who exclusively works with Australian black opal from Lightning Ridge in NSW took to the world stage after being recognised at a renowned US competition....
The Retail Jeweler Features The Lightning Ridge Collection
Date: March/April 2017
Necklace: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum “Electric Blue” necklace featuring black Opal (197 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (6.27 ctw.) Ring #1: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum “Mirror” ring featuring a 3.65 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (.69 ctw.)
Southern Jewelry News
Date: April 2017
John Ford’s (Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford) Spectrum Award winning 197 carat “Electric Blue” black opal and diamond necklace set in platinum was awarded the prestigious Buyers Choice Top Honor Spectrum Award by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) at their annual black tie gala on Saturday February 4th in Tucson, Arizona...
Date: April 2017
Jeweller Magazine Features The Lightning Ridge Collection.. Read The Article
Hollywood Today Features John Ford’s Spectrum Award Winning Necklace
Hollywood Today Features John Ford’s Spectrum Award Winning NecklacePosted by Hollywood Today Features John Ford’s Spectrum Award Winning Necklace on Friday, September 16, 2016
Michael O’Connor Features John Ford’s Cufflinks In The Jewelry Book Magazine
Date: May 4, 2016
John Ford's men's opal jewelry featured article in The Jewelry Book Magazine spring issue...
Hollywood Today: John Ford’s Men’s Cufflinks In The Spotlight
Date: February 25, 2016
Celebrity stylist and jewelry expert, Michael O’Connor, brought over $1 Million worth of jewelry with him to show Kristen Brockman and Garcelle Beauvais what people will be seeing on the stars at the red carpet of the Oscars...
The Ridge News: Red Carpet Appearance For Design
Date: October 1, 2015
Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford were once again on the red carpet; this time at the to the 67th Emmy Awards...
Lightning Ridge Collection Dazzles at the 67th Emmy Awards
Date: September 24, 2015
Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford were once again on the red carpet; this time at the to the 67th Emmy Awards. Stars such as, Selenis Leyva (Actress “Orange is the New Black”) and Maitland Ward (Actress “Boy Meets World”) previewed Ford’s original black opal and diamond designs..
AGTA: John Ford Member Profile
Date: August 13, 2015
“My favorite materials begin, of course, with Lightning Ridge Opals, mixed with Diamonds set in either 18K gold or platinum.”
DUBBO Weekender: A global reputation to be proud of
Date: August 8, 2015
Australia’s opal industry has a global reputation of which we should all be proud, but we should be doing more to promote it, according to Texas-based jewellery designer and opal importer, John W. Ford.
Rock & Gem Magazine: John Ford’s Lightning Ridge Collection at the Oscars
Date: April 16, 2015
Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection of black opal and diamond jewelry created by John Ford added to the opulence of the February 2015 Academy Awards ceremony..
National Jeweler: John Ford to Keynote at Opal Design Awards
Date: April 16, 2015
John Ford has been named the keynote speaker at the International Opal Jewelry Design Awards, to be held in Australia on July 31.