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Inlay Opal Jewelry

Inlay opal jewelry has an amazing effect because of the way the opal is set. The opal has been bonded in the piece of jewelry by a dark adhesive paste. Ususally having black oxide mixed in the the bond. The opal has been cut to the shape of the setting and placed into the setting with the bonding agent. Once the bonding agent is hard the opal and the metal is ground flat and then polished to give a great effect of a smooth set piece of jewelry. Opal inlay jewelry has been made for many years and has given opal shops another way to sell the opal with a…

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Gem Black Opal

How is Gem Black Opal found? Gem black Opal is found in the formation of a nobby (rounded nodule) or in a seam. Lightning Ridge in Australia is the only sedimentary deposit in the world for Gem Black Opal. What is the appearance of Gem Black Opal? Black Opal has a natural dark appearance. The opal has a black potch backing with a colour bar on top of the potch. Gem Black Opal usually comes in the colours of green, orange & red. The best color is red blue. All of these colours are interchangeable. No two pieces of opal will ever be identical making each piece rare & individual.…

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Free Form Opal

Free form opal

Free form opal is opal that has been carved or polished to display the beauty of the opals natural state. A free form opal is cut to maximise colour with no specific shape in mind. A free form opal has a distinct rarity value as you will never be able to cut another exact piece. No two pieces of opal are identical. Free form opal can also mean a picture stone can be cut. The photo above is a free-form cut opal named “The Butterfly Wing.” Justin Thomas of Black Opal Direct will happily tell you that since the cutting of this opal another free form opal displaying this natural…

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