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Witches Hat Nobby

Witches Hat Nobby

Witches Hat Nobby Opal are unique to Lightning Ridge and is easily recognisable from its peaked form on top of the rough opal piece. Working Through The Witches Hat This gorgeous Witches Hat Nobby seems to be clean and pronounced — yet it can be quite common for sand to rise up through the bottom into the color bar.As we push through the sand and potch, we can finally see the color starting to appear — although there is so much sand, way more than I expected.Drum roll please — ‘I’m going in’.Ah yes! We have some intense color bubbling up through the tip, it’s gone right up into the…

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Happy Festive Season 2021

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Wishing you all a very merry festive season and a happy and safe start to the new year.We would love to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the past year and are so excited about what the future holds for us all. Over the past 12 months, we said goodbye to Melinda as she pursued her dreams as an artist but with farewells come hello’s and we were able to welcome Tamika (visual storyteller and Justin’s sidekick) and Kylie (customer experience manager and Ruth’s right-hand) to our BOD family who is made up by Justin (sand battler and opal shaper extraordinaire), Ruth (chief wrangler and…

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Zero to 100

Zero to 100

This humble piece of rough nobby opal certainly does take us from a zero to 100 in a short, albeit intense, amount of time. I didn’t have the highest of expectations for this piece of rough opal, it only showed quite a thin color bar from the outside — but I had a hunch the color may be nice and bright inside.My biggest worry was if the potch didn’t actually touch the color, then it wouldn’t be a black opal at all. As well as the big blobs of sand inside which may protrude into the color itself, resulting in a smaller gemstone.To be honest, I definitely felt the pressure…

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