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The Rainbow Serpent Opal

The Rainbow Serpent Opal

It’s not often we are dumbstruck when it comes to opal but this one had us FLOORED. Recently discovered and mined by a long time friend in Lightning Ridge this opal represents a once in a lifetime find. Aptly named The Rainbow Serpent Opal after the aboriginal creator of life, the gem weighs 30.56 carats and displays a striated pattern of reds, blues, greens, oranges and gold. It has been identified as striated pattern with a lizard skin pattern on the sides of the gem. The colour play is vivid and three dimensional as the opal is moved around. “When I saw the opal, I was astounded that it was even real, the lines…

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Baroque Opals

(a.k.a. anything but ovals and rounds!) As you’ve probably guessed we are big fans of simple ovals and rounds. Opal just seems to show its best face in these shapes but sometimes when cutting Justin gets a surprise. The beauty in all of these baroque opals is that they may not be set into conventional settings and rather something whimsical and unique may emerge. Here are a few that have have passed through the workshop lately.   As you can see each is unique and spectacular. For many buyers, they might see something in these stones that to the less creative (i.e. me) does not immediately appear. Some of the…

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The Opal Business

Opal Business Tools of the trade

With the passing of my Dad I have been reflecting on this crazy amazing opal business and what makes it so unique. Most gemstone people are quite an artistic bunch of weird and wonderful types with some skew ideas about life and the world. That’s what makes us so special! It takes a certain type of person to understand and have the patience to sit and study a little piece of nature. Some gemstone people love collecting the finished piece and some even learn to cut and polish or facet stones. In the case of cutting and polishing – this gemstone hobby is perfect for the home body who loves…

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