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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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It’s opal carving time!

Opal carving video tutorial Lightning Ridge Australian opal

Our world is locked down and for many, that means spending more and more time at home. If you’ve got some spare time on your (thoroughly washed) hands, carving opal will gladly take up hours of it. I’m not kidding, this takes days! I don’t enjoy opal carving as much as I enjoy making my signature JT oval cuts but when an opal calls for it, who am I to say no? This piece has lots of beautiful color but is concaved, making it impossible to cut a nice high dome. I don’t want to waste the gorgeous color rippling through this wavy surface so I’m going to practice my…

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Opal myths busted!

Opal Myths Busted

While I love a quirky tale as much as the next person, opal myths can start to sound like facts if repeated often enough. I’ve gotten consistent emails for years now questioning an opals strength; can I get it wet? Can I wash my hands? Can my ring get soap on it? In today’s video, I defend the honor of our beautiful Australian gemstone by debunking some common opal myths. That, and I just really wanted to play scientist again. Let’s see how it handles the cocktail of chemicals I’m going to douse it in! Let’s put an opal to the test I’ve chosen an opal that has a crack…

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