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Little nobby with huge potential

Upon my first observation of this nobby, I could see some incredibly bright color breaking in and out of the rough.The color bar looks thick, but it does wedge down a bit on the sandy side.I am confident this is a little nobby with huge potential! Join me in the video below to see the journey of this flashy little opal and see what we uncover. Where We Started Going in, I’m hoping to cut a 1.20ct to 1.50ct gemstone and if not, the color I am seeing will give me enough satisfaction.I-spy potch and it’s black — just underneath that is the color bar, yes!!I get so excited when…

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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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Polishing opal to $12,000 perfection

5.78 gem black opal from Lightning Ridge

Polishing opal can make or break a gem. Being the final step in the opal cutting process, an opal that is finished with a quality polish is the cherry on top that takes it to the next level. Think, taking your sundae from home-made to Max Brenner level. Today’s piece of opal is a rub (pre-form) from a miner in Lightning Ridge. I got this piece when it had already been rubbed so I don’t know what it looked like in the rough but, holy cow, this color is something special. My first impression of this opal is that it’s got incredible play of color with a nice, thick color…

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