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Opal Stories

Justin and Melinda sit down to chat about the opal stories of some of our stock. You asked and we listened! In our last video on Justin’s Personal Opal Collection you asked us to go through the opals on our site and tell more stories of their origin. Nine different opals, four different fields. Their opal stories brought to you by Justin, Melinda, and two cups of coffee. Wyoming opal field, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales Justin and Melinda lead with six opal stories from a field called Wyoming in Lightning Ridge. As you drive in to Wyoming opal field you are greeted by a horse and cart from the…

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Romancing the Stone

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On a cool, overcast winters day here on the Gold Coast, Justin takes us into his workshop and shows us the romance of opal.   How does opal make you feel? Even in a job as great as Justins, it’s important to take time reflecting on the romance of the stone. Justins opal romance has been an enduring love of the gemstone that has a deeper meaning to him than some might think.   What has Justin and Ruth captivated with the gem their business is built around? In this weeks video, Justin shows us why opal has such a special place in his heart.    Seeing the array of…

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A rough gem gets a makeover

Hey, hey, it’s cutting day! Watch Justin as he gives a rough gem makeover… how will it turn out?   Assessing your options This week, Justin starts with a 34ct nobby opal that has a nice, thick color bar running through it. The key to getting the best out of this stone is to face it right as we’re after that gorgeous red color shimmering through the sides.   This nobby opal has some fractures as well as a sand line going through it which could mean that the stone ends up a lot smaller than we’d like… well, there’s only one way to find out!   Cutting the gem…

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