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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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