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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

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 […]

Opal and Peach Bangle by FreestonePeach
Opal in wood: Designer spotlight

You may not know but I am addicted to Instagram. Recently a virtual friend Benjamin (@thirdcoastgems) showcased an extremely talented designer called Joel (@freestonepeach) He is working with opal in wood and a whole bunch of other gemstones. A North Carolina native, he came to work with gems and timber via hospital construction and an MBA.  As you do! Joel […]