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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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Ebay and fake Lightning Ridge Black Opal: The Proof

A few months ago we talked about how to spot a fake Lightning Ridge black opal and the many examples of the fake stuff found on Ebay. We put our money on the table and purchased a few pieces from a supplier claiming to be selling genuine Lightning Ridge Black Opal. We then tested it and you would be amazed at what we found. Please watch the video and see. The good news is the seller in this particular transaction accepted the evidence shown in the video when we sent it to him and hopefully we shall see a change in terminology. We would like to stress that our issue…

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