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Wanted to let you know that the opals arrived today, a day early! They’re both in good condition and beautiful.

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New and improved synthetic opal  BEWARE!!

New and improved synthetic opal BEWARE!!

New synthetic opals are being created every year and manufacturers are getting better at replicating natural opal. I recently obtained some of the new material from Tony Smallwood and thought it was time I posted an update. Nearly every day, I am asked by people what their opal is worth. Much of the time I have […]

Cutting large opals to perfection

Cutting large opals to perfection

Cutting large opals takes some time and effort. In this video Justin goes through the process once the stone has been rubbed into a rough shape. He starts on the 360 grit diamond wheel and then progresses to a 600 grit soft nova wheel  then a 1200 grit until he ends up on the felt […]

Campbell Bridges: Opal Explorer

Campbell Bridges: Opal Explorer

Campbell Bridges is a world renowned geologist, explorer and gemologist. He discovered Tsavoritenand brought Tanzanite to the USA in the 1960s. One stone not synonymous with him is opal – until now. Campbell was born in Africa and spent much of his adult life as a geologist in Southern and Eastern Africa, in particular Kenya. […]