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The Rainbow Serpent Opal

The Rainbow Serpent Opal

It’s not often we are dumbstruck when it comes to opal but this one had us FLOORED. Recently discovered and mined by a long time friend in Lightning Ridge this opal represents a once in a lifetime find. Aptly named The Rainbow Serpent Opal after the aboriginal creator of life, the gem weighs 30.56 carats and displays a striated pattern of reds, blues, greens, oranges and gold. It has been identified as striated pattern with a lizard skin pattern on the sides of the gem. The colour play is vivid and three dimensional as the opal is moved around. “When I saw the opal, I was astounded that it was even real, the lines…

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Baroque Opals

(a.k.a. anything but ovals and rounds!) As you’ve probably guessed we are big fans of simple ovals and rounds. Opal just seems to show its best face in these shapes but sometimes when cutting Justin gets a surprise. The beauty in all of these baroque opals is that they may not be set into conventional settings and rather something whimsical and unique may emerge. Here are a few that have have passed through the workshop lately.   As you can see each is unique and spectacular. For many buyers, they might see something in these stones that to the less creative (i.e. me) does not immediately appear. Some of the…

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