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Opal Cabochons

The term cabochon refers to a curved and polished dome. Opals are cut as cabochons. The most popular shape being an oval. Opal cabochons can be cut low, medium or high domed. Advantages of opal cabochons A cabochon cut allows a setting edge for the jeweller. When cutting the edges of the dome are slightly moving inwards thus allowing the jeweller to set the piece to the edge. Unlike a faceted gemstone which can chip on the edges a cabochon can only be scratched on the dome and can be easily be re-polished. A high domed cabochon gives the opal more depth of colour. A darker opal will predominately be cut…

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