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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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Three questions to ask your opal jeweler

The three questions I need to ask my opal jeweler? Working with opal is not something most jewelers do everyday. It is important you select a jeweler who understands the unique properties of this precious gemstone. Here are the top three questions I would consider to ask your opal jeweler. Do they understand the properties of opal? Opal, unlike other more common gemstones such as diamonds and sapphires has a different hardness. It is not a tough stone and can be easily damaged. Specific care is required when setting.  Opal does not like heat.  For example if an opal ring needs to be resized the jeweler will need to unset…

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