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Describing Color in Opal

How do you describe colors in opal and is one more valuable than the other?

Cutting Opal 101

Ever wanted to know how opal was cut? Here we show you the secrets handed down from father to son.

Grading Opal

We start with the basis of grading opal. Body tone and brightness are covered with examples.

Mining in Lightning Ridge

Join Justin on the opal fields as the crew sorts through the dirt they have mined. Will they strike it lucky?

Buy Black Opal direct from the Opal Mines

Enhanced and Photoshopped Opal

Enhanced or photoshopped opal appears all over the internet. Today I dropped off a stone to be valued for a client and the valuer was frustrated at the number of people coming to her to get essentially worthless stones valued. Buying, what they thought was a bargain off the net, the stones did not live […]

How to handle small opals when cutting

Small opals are more difficult to cut but can yield amazing colour and pattern. Justin shows you how to handle smaller opals to be cut.  The cutting process remains the same but the set up is a little different. The dopstick used is sometimes as simple as a bamboo skewer. The secret to making it work […]