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Gem opal cluster trapped in sandstone!

Gem opal cluster cut with a dremel by Black Opal Direct

What’s better than one opal nobby? A gem opal cluster! I was so excited to get my hands on this gem opal cluster; a beautiful mess of nobby opal from Lightning Ridge that has been taken hostage by sandstone. These clusters are found in very hard sandstone and, even after being washing in the agitator, still don’t break down into opal nobbies that are easier to work with. Known as angel stone, white horse, or shin crackers, these little beauties can be tough to crack. In this video, we’ll tackle this gem opal cluster and see if we can wrestle all that sand for the gems within. There are eight…

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Cutting session ASMR of $7000 parcel of uncut opal revealed

Cutting opal ASMR YouTube gem cutting tutorial

Join me this week for a cutting session ASMR that shows you the relaxing side of opal cutting. What is ASMR? Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response relates to sounds and noise that can cause tingles in the scalp and spine and include deeply relaxing videos and may cause you to fall asleep. These videos, like the one I’m posting today, focus on repetitive tasks. So, as we cut opal after opal and you listen to the sounds of the grinding wheel switch on, I hope it can help you to switch off.  I get a lot of comments from you on how relaxing you find the cutting process, and how my workshop’s sounds help…

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Unveil three color bars in this monster opal

Three color bars in this nobby opal from Lightning Ridge

How do you choose between three color bars? That’s as hard as picking a favorite Harry Potter movie! This week, I’ve got a stunning nobby from the Allawah Opal Fields in Lightning Ridge. This piece came to be as an opal rub although it looks like the miner wasn’t confident about taking it further. This monstrous opal piece presents a challenge; how do I know which of the three color bars to choose? The top bar is glorious, so that’s an easy choice, but the two lower bars are where the real challenge lies.  I need to find the safest way to cut this gem without losing the best color, but I also…

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