What drives us
Candala's philosophy is simple: mine quality material and sell it competitively on the world market. We have no doubt that our Marlborough Chrysoprase is second to none in quality and it is our desire that it be recognised as the fine Australian gemstone that it is.
Having managed and marketed other Australian gemstones Richard and Mary Lou Osmond took over the Candalac leases in 2005.
Since Richard's untimely death in 2013 mining and marketing has been the sole respoonsibility of Mary Lou. .
Candala was purchased by an international group which included the current owners in December 2005. At that time the huge potential of the mostly undeveloped mining leases was recognised in the Chrysoprase bearing district near Marlborough in Northern Queensland, Australia. In December 2009 the shareholdings controlled by international partners were bought back, making Candala once again a wholly Australian owned company. The Shareholders, who are all officers of the company, have worked hard to re-ignite the fire in this exotic gemstone and open up an international market for sales of fine gems, one-off carvings, handmade jewellery and rough ore.
The principal markets of China, India, Japan, and Korea coupled with a huge increase in interest for Candala's Australian Chrysoprase in the USA and Europe, have virtually assured the company of substantial sales growth. Recent purchases by many of Europe's finest jewellery houses has shown the rarity and beauty of Candala's Australian Chrysoprase sits very comfortably at the top end of the market.