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Glowing Crystal Opal Pair

7.84 carat glowing crystal opal pair

What’s better than a crystal opal with stunning pinfire pattern? A glowing crystal opal pair! One of the best, but sometimes heartbreaking, things about opal is that there will never be another exactly like it. This is one of the major drawcards to why someone would choose an opal; it’s as unique as you are. On the other hand, it means creating matching opal jewelry is about as hard as finding the socks your washing machine eats. Well, I’ve managed to find the missing sock a matching opal pair! (Still no sign of the sock). This week, I’ll show you how to cut a matching pair while keeping as much…

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The Uncut Gem Black Opal

The Uncut Gem Black Opal

Everyone told me this uncut gem opal wouldn’t work, they told me not to risk it, but I did it anyway.  When I first saw this 25-carat rub, I saw it had potential. I also saw some concerns. A fracture in the back meant losing carat weight, and a second color bar under the surface either flips the stone to a top gem or results in me cutting it to pieces. I phoned miners and friends in the industry to get their opinion on this uncut gem, and the answer was the same; don’t risk it. Don’t cut to the second color bar. I saw black spots in the stone that could go…

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The only thing to do after opal cutting failure

The only thing to do after opal cutting failure

Opal cutting failure, or failure of any kind, can feel like someone decided to bust out some WWE moves on your confidence. Sometimes our expectations aren’t as good as reality, which can be a bit of a bummer. The wave of disappointment that follows can look like, oh I don’t know, laying in the foetal position and shoving chocolate covered pretzels into your mouth for the next hour. Downing fistfuls of chocolate-covered anything feels oh-so-right at the time, but it doesn’t make you feel any better after. The only solution I’ve found to failure is to fling yourself back in the ring. Two opals, one winner. Would you quit or…

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