After initially working with Diamonds in a Family Company in Sydney from 1965, Maxwell completed his degree in gemmology in 1968, and developed a strong interest in precious coloured gemstones.
Maxwell then started a wholesale gemstone business selling all types of precious gemstones, throughout the World, but specialising in Australian opal.
From the three specific types of Australian opal, Maxwell developed a strong preference for Queensland Boulder opal due to it’s incredible dark colours and beauty, eventually through Clifton Opal Pty Ltd, specializing in the cutting, polishing and exporting of this beautiful form of opal.
Maxwell has been a founder member and Chairman of The Australian gemstone Industry Association, and has extensively travelled overseas selling to Clifton’s wholesale clients.
Robson commenced work as a jeweller in 1987 in Guangzhou China. He immigrated to Australia in 1988 and worked at a trainee Opal Cutter in Sydney.
From 1989 Robson began working in the Queensland Boulder Opal Fields and was involved in mining, opal cutting and opal trading where he developed his own unique opal cutting skills.
In 1992 he teamed up with Maxwell Lane to form Clifton Opal Pty Ltd managing the opal-cutting factory in Sydney. From 2001 he has been involved in organising and attending Jewellery Exhibitions in Hong Kong and China. In 1998 Robson studied Jewellery Design and Management.
Robson is a Partner and Director of Clifton Opal Pty Ltd, speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin and is arguably Australia’s best Boulder Opal Cutter. The skills he has developed over 30 years enables him to cut the complex high quality Boulder Opal rough that Clifton obtains.
William often spent holidays travelling with his father in the Queensland outback visiting the opal mines, and after completing his higher school certificate in Sydney, commenced work in the Clifton cutting factory from 2010. Realising his passion for Boulder Opal, he continued working full time with Clifton and completed a course in Advanced opal from the Gemmological Association of Australia in 2015.
William also began travelling within Australia and Overseas representing Clifton as a sales executive, attending the major precious gemstone exhibitions in Hong Kong, Japan and China, whilst also visiting Clifton’s wholesale clients in North America.
William is currently the Senior Sales Executive for Clifton Opal, and continues to cut and polish opal when he has time available from his sales trips.