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Carving opal: The step by step process

carving opal

Some of you might recognise this rough piece from Tucson.  It came home with us so we decided it was the perfect piece to practice carving opal. In this new video will show you what equipment you may need and some of the techniques to get that beautiful undulating finish on the final piece. We have called the piece Nudibranch (pronounced noodi-branc) after the colourful sea animal. Can you see the resemblance? The original piece of rough opal was 20.83ct. With careful work, Justin kept the bulk and and as you can see by the after photos, not much of the opal was sacrificed. The final carving weighed 16.10cts.    

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Rare crystal, rubs and lots more gems

Recently we have been able source some rare crystal material from Andamooka. For those not in the know Andamooka produced some of the best and hardest crystal material. Much of it have been mined out and sold but we have some magic pieces to bring to Tucson. The image below shows a couple of the pieces – they are all fairly clean and large – over 30cts. So if you are in the market to cut a special gem, these may be for you! Bookings are still available here. As well as rough we are also bringing a wide range of rubs and gem Opals. Our miners have worked hard this year and…

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