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What is that opal worth? What will your $ get you?

What is my opal worth? What to expect when buying Australian opal

There is some serious skill involved in spotting a good deal in opal. So much so that people like myself have built their careers around it. But how do opal buyers understand what they’re paying for? Many different factors can raise the value of opal, but what exactly does that look like? After working with opal for over 30 years, I can tell the difference between a good deal and a waste of time, but opal is a notoriously hard gem to judge! Today, we’ll sort through some of the Black Opal Direct inventory, as well as my secret stash, to find out what you can expect to get with…

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How do I value opal?

Black Opal from Lightning Ridge

I get asked to value opal for other people on the daily, and I understand why. Opal is a notoriously hard stone to value because there are no hard and fast rules you can apply to every stone. The drawing card of opal is the fact that every single stone is unique. Nobody will ever have a gem that looks quite like yours. On the flip side of that, every stone needs an individual valuation. “Is my opal valuable?” There isn’t a simple yes or no answer that I could give you for this. It’s more like, “Yes. No, maybe. It depends on…” A short essay later, and I’d be able to explain…

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Cutting a blue rough opal

2.95 ct black opal 10.5x9x4.5mm

Ah, my precious blue rough opal nobby… I’ll be cutting a beautiful blue rough opal nobby with you today. Like always, some risks come with cutting opal, and you can never be too sure of yourself. The more sure of your opal nobby you are, the more likely it is to put its sassy pants on and do the exact opposite of what you said it would. In that case, I’m going to approach this blue rough opal as I would approach a moody teenager; carefully, armed with a plan and hesitant to make any intense demands. I am, however, seeing some hints of gorgeous blue color that seems promising.…

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