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What’s inside the nobby opal: Part 2

Cutting and grading rough opal nobby

Last week I explained in detail the features of rough opal nobbies and what to look out for. This week I’ll show you exactly what we get out of the piece of rough opal by cutting that very piece. We spoke about the white cap on the top and the other features that makes most opal people go weak at the knees. The video does do a quick review but you can read more here. In this video I expose the gems secrets and critique the nobby opal. In addition cutting and critiquing I also estimate a value which I know is useful as you all keep asking me to do it!…

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The Australian Opal Centre becomes a reality

imge courtesy of Australian Opal Centre

FANTASTIC NEWS! The Australian Opal Centre (AOC), an icon for outback Australia and the home of all things opal has been funded! The local, state and federal governments have come together after almost 15 years of lobbying and put aside almost $19 million dollars to stage phase 1 of the project. Along with community contributions and the Founders program, the AOC has a total available pool of over $20 million dollars. We are so very excited for all those involved and the community of Lightning Ridge at large. The Australian Opal Centre as a centre of education, training  and certification has been a project close to the hearts of many…

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Three unique features of nobby rough opal from Lightning Ridge

I’ve been cutting some new nobby rough opal from Lightning Ridge.  I thought it be good to share some of the unique features of these type of formations. I’ve selected an example to work on in the image below. The one thing that many (but not all) of these nobbies have in common is a potch base and a white cap on top. We see this a lot in rich deposits of opal. Some of the main opal fields including places like Jag Hill, Wyoming, and much of the Coocoran opal fields all have this in common.   The Nobby   You can see from the bottom up of this…

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