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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…

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Australian Boulder Opal

Boulder opal has become a more popular type of opal next to black opal from Lightning Ridge and can reach prices almost as high as black opal. Most boulder opals have an undulating face as the seams are usually not straight, which means the cutting of the boulder opal can be more tiresome and messy if you are looking for symmetrical shapes.  Additionally, ironstone, when the cut is fairly dirty to cut on the wheel and combined with water, makes everything, including your surrounds turn brown! Boulder opal can be light or dark like black opal and has many variations of body tone.  Some boulder opal can have ironstone in…

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Australian Boulder Opal

Boulder opal has become a more popular type of opal next to black opal from Lightning Ridge. And can reach prices almost as high as black opal. Most boulder opal has undulating faces as the seams are usually not straight. So the cutting of the boulder opal can be more tiresome and messy. The ironstone when being cut on the wheel is a dirty type of opal to cut. When you slice boulder opal, the brown spray goes all over the room and yourself. Boulder opal can be light or dark like black opal and has many variations of body tone.  Some boulder opal can have ironstone in the face,…

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