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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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How to spot a fake black opal

In this video we show you how to spot a fake black opal. Much of the opal being misrepresented as Lightning Ridge black opal is actually Ethiopian crystal opal that has been treated. In such a small boutique industry it is difficult to stamp out the practice but with your knowledge and help we can say no to these unscrupulous sellers and stop making it worthwhile. Our main points to look out for are: 1. Potch on the back. While double sided opals do exist they are rare and in most cases an absence of potch and color all the way through the black opal can indicate that the opal…

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