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Cutting for carats! (cutting unconventional shapes)

Cutting for carats! (cutting unconventional shapes)

Is it better to cut opal into common shapes or to cut for carats? Can cutting unconventional shapes work? I get asked this question a lot so today I thought I’d dive into how I make that choice at the cutting wheel. As you know, I love my signature JT cut oval opals as they […]

Smashing gemstones with a mallet!

Smashing gemstones with a mallet!

As a kid, I thought that diamonds were the hardest thing in the world. Having the typical tyrannical tendencies that young boys have, all I wanted to do was smash one. Now I’m an adult and quite frankly, not much has changed. Join me today as I live out one of 9-year-old Justin’s dreams of […]

Polishing 2.2kgs (5 pounds) of Andamooka opal

Polishing 2.2kgs (5 pounds) of Andamooka opal

My biggest challenge ever doesn’t seem to be getting any easier! This massive chunk of Andamooka opal is the opal that finally beat me. I have developed my skills in cutting opal over the last 30 years but I’ve never met an opal that’s challenged me like this one. Sometimes it’s not that we don’t […]