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Taking risks with opal: will the gamble pay off?

It’s pretty risky in our state at the moment with ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie battering us with heavy rain (12 inches in the last 24 hours – same expected tonight), subsequent flooding and tonight very high winds are expected. Spare a thought for those up north who really took a battering in the cyclone (hurricane) and if you want to have the full experience check out our mate Andy’s video here.

So it seemed like the perfect day to make a video about taking risks with opal!

Justin shows you a rough piece which he hopes will cut two very different opals. The challenge is that one color bar is lying on top of the other and so the process is an all or nothing gamble. Taking risks with opal is an everyday occurrence here but I forget that sometimes its a big deal with serious money involved.

I asked him not to tell me the outcome and I’ll be honest I held my breath for what seems like the full 8:35 minutes of the video.



  • CherryOxblood

    great video.. everytime i watch one of your video’s i learn something.. thank you

    • Blackopaldirect

      That is good to hear Cherry. 🙂

  • Dakota Don

    Justin, thanks for sharing your skills and showing us what can be done. I have learned a lot from you over the last couple of years. I have been cutting and saving pieces of opal that I would have never attempted before thanks to your videos.

    • Blackopaldirect

      Hi Don Thanks for the kind words. I am glad you get value from my videos.

  • Danny

    So fascinating to watch this video. Thanks for sharing your knowledge Justin.

    • Blackopaldirect

      You are welcome Danny 🙂

  • Karin Essel

    Fantastic to see this video about your work and the risk about yours losing stone. Thanks you that you show this for everybody.

    • Blackopaldirect

      You are welcome Karin I am glad you find the video interesting. 🙂

  • Jeff Winn

    Amazing to see the process….Thank you for this video….