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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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Learn how to spot a synthetic opal

Watch the video link as Justin from Black Opal Direct gives you an invaluable insight and learn how to spot a synthetic opal. In a few minutes Justin shows you visually the difference between a ‘real’ opal and a ‘synthetic’ opal and delivers in a concise manner the techniques in detection. You might also want to watch our other videos on synthetic opal and fakes found in the video gallery. Techniques in detecting a synthetic vs a natural opal Synthetic Opal Synthetic has a pattern and play of colour which is tightly bunched together. By using  a 10 x hand lens loupe you will discover no gaps in the patterning. The pattern…

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Synthetic Opal

What is Synthetic Opal? A synthetic opal is an opal that is manmade. A synthetic opal can either have the same chemical composition as a natural, or use a manmade by-product. A synthetic opal is made in a laboratory. A synthetic opal generally falls into three categories. Glass imitations, plastic imitations or resin & silica mixture imitations. Other terms used in the trade to describe synthetic opal includes: lab-created or laboratory created, Gilson,  Created, & Slocum stone Just to name a few as new words and terms are constantly being used in order to confuse the industry. Chinese Synthetic Opal: Made from a resin mixture. The pattern is very similar right through…

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