The Black Opal Stories

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The Crystal Shell

Could this Crystal Shell Fossil be the best Crystal Opal I have ever cut?It’s glassy, clear and super clean with an incredible 3D color on … Read more

Lightning Ridge Mine

Opal Town

We hit the road again and this time it’s straight to Opal Town!Lightning Ridge is one of my favorite places to visit.The town holds many … Read more

Coober Pedy Rough

40 Year Old Rough

This 40-year-old rough has been safely locked away until now.The time has come to cut this opal rough hailing from Coober Pedy.I feel very lucky … Read more

broken nobby

Broken Nobby

Finding a broken nobby is like finding one earring, it’s nice but so much better to have the pair.Did I end up with the better … Read more

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained!

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained is pretty much the motto of any opal cutter.The risk can become somewhat calculated over time, but you never really know … Read more

Petite & Perfect Crystal Opal

Petite & Perfect

Petite & Perfect, is a synergy that works well in the opal jewelry world.We love all types of opal — shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, … Read more

Happy Festive Season 2023

Twas the night before chrissy, when all through the house,Not a creature was stirring, not even my spouse;The stockings were hung by the tele with … Read more

Whopping 137ct Nobby

Whopping 137ct Nobby

When faced with a whopping 137ct nobby opal, my eyes pour over the rough gem to visualize the multitude of possible outcomes.Where does the best … Read more

Win, Lose or Draw

Win, Lose or Draw — Welcome to the World of Opal!Even after decades of buying and cutting opal, I can still get it really wrong.But … Read more


Young Guns Opal Hunters

Jaymin Sullivan of the Young Guns Opal Hunters (from the Outback Opal Hunters) happened to drop by my workshop.With him, he brought one of the … Read more


Opal Nobby Number 1

Opal Nobby number 1 has the potential to cut a nice gem.It shows that rare red-blue color across the nobby, however, the sand is going … Read more

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