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The Amazing Women in Opal

Women in opal

It’s International Women’s Day today and I started thinking about all the women I have known and collaborated with over the years in the opal industry. Many of these women are unknown and unsung beyond our small pond. They are miners, advocates, educators, jewelers, opal merchants and artists. Some have a profile and others work behind the scenes. Here is a small image of some of those women. There are many more but these are the ones who were easy to find images of on Google! To all the fearless Australian Opal women I want to salute you. Working in this very male-centric field has been a blessing and a curse but…

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Learn how to cut an opal!

What type of opal cutting machines can I use? There are many cutting machines and ways to cut and polish opal. Finding the opal-cutting machine that suites you is the question that most people have on their mind when starting out. When choosing an opal-cutting machine you have to take into account whether you are going to use diamond grits to cut and polish your opal or sandpaper, pumice powder, and cerium oxide. If you decide to go all out using diamond grits to cut and polish your opal, you will basically only need three opal cutting machines. Firstly you will need an opal cutting machine like a pixie or…

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