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Cutting and pricing $30K of black opal

Cutting and pricing black opal can be a tricky task, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most common questions we get! How do I price my opal? How should I cut it? What’s the value of a black opal? A lot goes into valuing this gorgeous gemstone; pattern, color play, body tone, weight, inclusions… the list goes on! Seem like a lot? Hang in there! In this week’s videos (yes, there are two this week!), Justin will show you how he cuts and prices his black opals. Justin asks you to choose your own adventure with a long and short version on how to cut and price black…

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Cutting opal mined in Lightning Ridge

Cutting Lightning Ridge Opal Nobby

Ever wanted to know what really goes into mining, finding, and cutting opal? In last week’s episode, we went underground in Lightning Ridge on the hunt for color. This week, watch as we take the opal nobby we found to the cutting wheel. Will it be a top gem? Justin always starts cutting opal the same way; by not cutting it at all. In fact, he says the best way to cut an opal is to take your time analysing the stone before going near the cutting wheel. There are some questions you should ask yourself when considering the best outcome for any gem; is it clean? Are there any…

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Going Underground (Opal Mining in Lightning Ridge)

At first glance, Lightning Ridge is a charming small town situated on a vast and flat expanse of red dirt and native trees. What you won’t get at first glance is the hidden world that Lightning Ridge is renowned for; the birthplace of the beautiful black opal. What excitement lies beneath Lightning Ridge’s friendly smiles and quaint homes? For that, we’re going underground. The unique lifestyle of Lightning Ridge isn’t for the fainthearted; locals live and breathe the elusive search for opal color. In this video, come along as we explore a mining claim and learn all about mining opal. Let’s go mining in Lightning Ridge! Justin introduces us to…

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