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3 ways to spot a synthetic or fake opal

Example of fake and synthetic opal

In today’s video we give you 3 tips on how to spot a synthetic or fake opal. Opal is one of the most fashionable gemstones right now and we see lots in the market place. Now we know that there are many reputable sellers out there clearly stating that their opal is synthetic, but we have come across a sneaky few who try and pass it off as the real thing and we want you, the opal lover to know exactly what you are looking at! Firstly, synthetic or lab created opal is made in a lab, it did not come out of the ground. The fake opal may contain a percentage of…

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Which opal is the impostor?

How can I tell if an opal is  lab created, treated or fake opal?  I get many enquiries with people asking me this question and sending me images of ‘cheap opal’ they have found for sale on the internet. I am saddened when they purchase this opal only to be told it is fake, synthetic, treated opal, lab created …take your pick..it’s not real! It’s not a genuine opal! The internet is saturated with Ethiopian treated opal and lab created opal. Lab created is referring to opal that is manmade in a laboratory. As you can well image the amount that can be produced under such conditions is limitless. It…

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Enhanced and Photoshopped Opal

Enhanced or photoshopped opal appears all over the internet. Today I dropped off a stone to be valued for a client and the valuer was frustrated at the number of people coming to her to get essentially worthless stones valued. Buying, what they thought was a bargain off the net, the stones did not live up to their photos and in most cases didn’t resemble them at all. In this video Justin shows you a couple of things to look out for and makes you aware just how easy it is to manipulate not only a photo but also a video. Enhancing and photoshopping should not be confused with viewing…

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