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What is an Opal Doublet and how can I tell?

How to spot an Opal Doublet

How can you tell whether an opal is a doublet or completely natural? There are a lot of opal and opal jewelry sellers out there, but how can you tell what if you’re paying for is natural opal? First, let’s chat about why someone would make an opal doublet in the first place. Doublets are usually made to make a piece of opal, or opal jewelry, look like it’s worth more than it actually is. They blacken the back of opal which enhances its color bar making the opal look more expensive. The catch here is that as soon as opal is reinforced its value can be reduced. To make…

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How to make and identify an opal doublet

Opal doublets are a fantastic way to achieve a great looking black opal at a fraction of a solid price. They are a great choice for many of us when looking for a champagne taste opal on a beer budget. We thought you might like a video with a few tips and detail. In this video, we show you how a doublet is made. This video will enable you to have a go in making your own – or – if you are not into lapidary – at least give you a head start on what a good quality doublet opal should look like and allow you to talk like a…

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Boulder opal

Boulder opal is the most organic type of gemstone. Being an opal that has a host-rock, the boulder opal forms in veins, fissures and cracks in the ironstone. The opal moves with the cracks in the ground, making it undulate, so the face of a cut and finished boulder opal will not usually be even faced or domed.A Boulder Opal Pendant is an organic type of jewelry and will have beautiful curves and waving shapes that go with a boulder opal pendant. Opal comes in all form and types. Opal Matrix is a form of opal that can be treated or untreated. Some Opal Matrix has to go through treatment…

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