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Finding the perfect ring sized opal

Whether it’s for you or a gift for someone special, choosing the right opal can be challenging. One consideration is always the size of the opal. Is it going to be the right size for the design I want? This video is for anyone who has no idea how to translate millimetres into actual visuals. All opals featured are for sale (as at blog publication date). So how big should an opal be for a ring? This is like asking – how long is a piece of string?! It depends on the type of ring and also the size of the fingers it is going on. In this video I use my hands…

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Hand polishing opal does it again

Hand polished opal

Give hand polishing a go. Ever since Florian Steiner showed us the hand polishing technique we have had many people showing us what they have created. A stand out was this opal ring a customer Cathy Salerno had almost thrown out, thinking it was beyond repair. When she saw the video of hand polishing opal she decided that maybe her opal ring was salvageable. Cathy gave it a go and here are the results. You can see in the first pic that the opal had lost its shine. Yes the photo was not the greatest but this is the only one we could show before it was transformed. Our friend Cathy had…

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Synthetic Opal Jewelry: A video guide

Today we are going to talk about buying opal jewelry – specifically recognising synthetic opal jewelry. Firstly, let me say that synthetic opal jewelry definitely has a place in our wardrobes when we are looking for fashion piece rather than a long last heirloom or classic jewel. We define synthetic as man made and lab created. It can be plastic or a resin which contains silica like natural opal. So how do we tell? Well Justin has explained in a previous video his top 3 tips so we shall go through them quickly here but to know more click here. The first telltale sign is uniform or repeating pattern throughout the…

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