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Unearthed a $5000 black opal from the rough

Unearthing a $5000 black opal from a Lightning Ridge rough nobby

I unearthed a $5000 black opal from the rough and it felt as good as coming home to a big seafood dinner! We’re going a bit coo-coo in the workshop today; from head-banging to Harry Potter spells and a lot of opal in between. There I was, mining down by the jetty when my shovel thudded against something hard. Curious to what I would find, I dug my hand deep into the gritty sand and pulled out a gorgeous shimmering blue nobby. What was a Lightning Ridge nobby doing 2 foot under my jetty? Those are the secrets I’ll never tell… In this week’s video, we take the top off…

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A tribute to my father

Dads Lightning Ridge crystal opal cut

A friend approached me recently and asked to see some pictures of an opal my father cut when he was alive. While it’s hard for me to talk about, I wanted to share with you this tribute to my father, and the greatest cutter I ever knew; Jurgen. My father was my mentor for everything in life, and he taught me everything I know about opal. I loved him so much, and I miss his presence in my life daily. A flood of memories come back to me when I think a lot about our times together in the opal industry. His passion and artistic talent were so much greater…

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Rough opal to an epic gem

Rough opal to epic gem

My latest magic trick; watch as I turn this 40-carat rough opal nobby to a couple-carat gem. This week’s video will either make you smile or cry… either way, it ends in an epic gem. It’s been a while since I ran you through my entire cutting process so I thought it might be time for a refresher. In this video, we chat about assessing rough, cutting tips, putting opal on a dop stick, using heat with opal without it cracking, and my polishing tips! The rough opal nobby I’m working with today is about as messed up as I get when eating a hard shell taco. Toppings spill everywhere,…

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