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Seam Crystal Opal

To find a gorgeous piece of crisp and clear Crystal Opal from Seam Country in Lightning Ridge is quite rare, they are usually found to be quite milky or white — so I am super excited to see what emerges. The Theory is — Seam opals are created by fissures, cracks and movements underground that create a cavity for the opal to form.The sediments of silica spheres fill up the cavity and usually form into a thin plate — on the rare occasion they can be quite thick. Similarly, Nobby Opals are clusters of organic matter covered by the earth, the fossil decomposes and becomes a cavity.From there, the silica…

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Rough and Ready

Rough Opal Piece | Black Opal Direct

Easy peasy lemon squeezy is my prediction on how this rough opal piece is going cut — low stress and smooth sailing or rough and ready? I am so excited to cut and shape this piece of rough opal and the game changer will be if we can get some green coming through the blue.This is the piece from the parcel of my last Lightning Ridge trip that I have the highest hopes for, my expectations sit around the $4000 – $5000 mark, (fingers crossed). Firstly, we’ll need to navigate through the white cap and a mountain of black potch to find where those colors live and hope they are…

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Rough Lesson

Rough Lesson Piece of Nobby Opal

What is it about rough opal pieces that gets my heart racing?Is it the uncertainty of what’s inside or the thrill of the reveal?Well, it is all of the above and more, but sometimes your challenges become a rough lesson (pardon the pun) and not everything is what it seems. This particular nobby is from Lightning Ridge (surprise!) — it shows all the good signs of a Lightning Ridge nobby too — some potch, some sand, a nice color bar running through it and a white cap to top it off — but what lurks below the surface? We take a deep dive into this piece of rough opal on…

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