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How to make and identify an opal doublet

We have some doublets that have been made by us here. Opal doublets are a fantastic way to achieve a great looking black opal at a fraction of the price of a solid. For may of us, they are a great choice when looking for a champagne taste opal on a beer budget. We have covered doublets in the past here and here, but thought you might like a newer one with a few more tips and detail. In this video we show you how a doublet is made. This video will enable you to have a go in making your own – or – if you are not into lapidary – at least…

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Doublet Opal: Are they real?

Doublet Opal Sterling Silver Ring

Is a doublet a real opal? Absolutely, but it has been enhanced. Doublets are a great way to achieve the color of a gem black opal with a fraction of the cost. They have been enhanced to give the effect of a black opal by attaching or gluing some black opal or black colorless potch on the back of a lighter piece of opal to change its looks. Even though doublets are opal, they are not natural as they have been enhanced through being composed. So I would consider the opal as treated. Here at Black Opal Direct we make doublets the old fashioned way with black potch. Bonded to…

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Opal Jewelry now available

Run out of time to have jewelry made? Need a gift for a special someone? Now all you opal lovers have another way to buy opal directly from the source. At least once a day I have clients ask if we sell finished jewelry. After looking around at what is available I thought, why not. Many years ago, my wife Ruth designed a range of opal jewelry which we sold through trunk shows in stores across the USA. Digging in to the back of vault I found some of that stock. Along with a new range in sterling silver designed by a friend of mine we have a new category…

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