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Cutting a white rough opal into a dazzling gem

Black Opal Direct Cutting Video

We have a beaut’ rough white opal this week that boasts an easy cut and a dazzling gem. Lightning Ridge is famous for the glorious black opal, but have you met its lighter cousin? Starting at a chunky 32-carats, this rough white opal has the potential to birth a thick color bar. It’s no black opal, but don’t let that fool you! Lightning Ridge creates all kinds of opal, from black to white and dark to crystal. The infamous home of black opal is equally as notorious for being much more than meets the eye. I’m hoping that this rough white opal is more than meets my eye, but there’s…

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Watch a humble nobby opal turn into a ripper gem

Gorgeous nobby opal cutting tutorial video by Black Opal Direct

Some days opal humbles you, and other days a humble nobby opal turns into something magical. We’ve been locked down here again in Queensland, so to keep the state safe, I’ve decided to spend all my time cutting opal. Oh, wait… that’s kind of what I do anyway. After a brief stint in kooky antics and songwriting, I’ve decided opal is where my talent lies, so let’s get stuck into it! Today, I have a nice yet humble nobby opal. The color bar looks clear and watery, and there’s potch and sand on the top along with black potch on the back. When shining the flashlight through the stone, it’s…

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Opal chat with Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society

Justin from Black Opal Direct

Opal chat time! Let’s change it up and dive deep into everything you’ve wanted to know about opal this week. A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to do a Zoom call with the Brantford Lapidary and Mineral Society in Canada to chat about all things opal. If you flock to opal like a bee to honey and don’t mind almost an hour of my voice, you’re going to love this! We had a great time diving deep into opal types, opal cutting, and special techniques. After a brief history of Black Opal Direct and my cutting career so far, we delve into Australian opal types and examples. Then,…

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