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Justin’s Private Gem Collection (Part 2)

An Opal Cutter's Private Gem Collection

Ever wondered what the opal-obsessed Justin keeps all to himself? We dive into my private gem collection in this weeks episode to see the opals so special that I just couldn’t let them go. I love to collect objects with nostalgia, and maybe you do, too. Some shells from the beach next to your annual family holiday cabin; a postcard from your first overseas trip; the birthday cards your Grandma sends you each year. Whatever it is, at some point, objects can become more than just “things”. A lot of the opals in my collection hold more than just monetary value. They hold triumphs, failures, and hard lessons. They hold…

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Cutting a blue pea nobby opal

1.30 ct black opal uncovered from pea nobby

Uncovering a beautiful black opal from this blue pea nobby? Yes pea-lease! Pea nobby?! Is that some sort of crude joke?! Thankfully not. A pea nobby is a spherical rough opal that can be formed in potch or full color. You can find black, dark, white, or crystal opal in pea nobby form and they can have clean or rough skin. This pea nobby opal has a beautiful blue-green color bar and potch on the back; both good signs. On the downside, the rough skin makes it hard to see if the color will be watery, which is not what I’m after. I like my opal how I like my coffee;…

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What patterns are in opal?

Explaining different Australian opal patterns by Black Opal Direct

An opals pattern has a massive impact on its value. Some opal patterns are common and don’t add much value whereas rare patterns send it through the roof. After my video on valuing opal, you guys had a lot of questions on the importance of pattern in opal. Which patterns are common in opal? Are some patterns worth more? Why do some patterns look so different on each opal? Can an opal have more than one pattern? Today I’ll show you how you can learn to identify opal patterns by showing you some of our stock. We’ll look at some of the most known patterns, as well as some rare…

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