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Mesmerising transformation from nobby to gem opal

Watch a gem opal transform

Love gem opal but not into learning how to cut? This video is for you! Watch Justin transform an opal from a raw nobby into a massive wearable gem opal. Nobby opal like this is fairly typical for the field it was found on. The Wyoming field is about 30 minutes north of Lightning Ridge. The field has been mined for many years and has yielded much opal including some fairly significant gemstones. And don’t worry, if you are on the lookout for some cutting tips, Justin does manage to squeeze a few in! Along the way he discusses how you can tell if the colour bar is clear (hint: buy yourself…

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New and improved synthetic opal BEWARE!!

Fake and Synthetic opal - Aurora Opal

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 to tell them that they have a fake opal. Sad but true.  The only way to combat this is to at least make you aware of these new types of fakes on the market. TYPE 1. Aurora Opal This new type of synthetic opal has a pattern never seen before in man made opal. It…

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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 wheel with cerium oxide. Along the way he shares some tips and tricks when cutting such a large stone. It’s a long video at over 20 minutes but an excellent one to sit down and really study as you get to see exactly what Justin does when cutting. How he moves the stone around the wheels…

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