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Which opal is the impostor?

How can I tell if an opal is  lab created, treated or fake opal?  I get many enquiries with people asking me this question and sending me images of ‘cheap opal’ they have found for sale on the internet. I am saddened when they purchase this opal only to be told it is fake, synthetic, treated opal, lab created …take your pick..it’s not real! It’s not a genuine opal! The internet is saturated with Ethiopian treated opal and lab created opal. Lab created is referring to opal that is manmade in a laboratory. As you can well image the amount that can be produced under such conditions is limitless. It…

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Learn how to spot a synthetic opal

Watch the video link as Justin from Black Opal Direct gives you an invaluable insight and learn how to spot a synthetic opal. In a few minutes Justin shows you visually the difference between a ‘real’ opal and a ‘synthetic’ opal and delivers in a concise manner the techniques in detection. You might also want to watch our other videos on synthetic opal and fakes found in the video gallery. Techniques in detecting a synthetic vs a natural opal Synthetic Opal Synthetic has a pattern and play of colour which is tightly bunched together. By using  a 10 x hand lens loupe you will discover no gaps in the patterning. The pattern…

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