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Making decisions on what shapes to create with rough crystal opal: Part 2 video

Finished Crystal opals form Anadamooka

In todays video Justin shows us the results of the rough crystal opal which he sliced instead of polished.  He decides to cut several pairs and the results are spectacular. As you can see the difference between a cutter and a master cutter is knowing which way an opal will face best and how to bring out what many people call the “fire” or play of colour of an opal. If you missed the first video here it is too.

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An example of 2 opals that have a similar bodytone

Just following on from my previous post about bodytone. This picture shows two opals. See the difference between crystal opal and white opal. The white opal on the right has a cloudy appearance to the opal, where the crystal opal on the left is a little more crisp and clear. The bodytones are only one scale different. You could get away with calling the opal on the right a crystal opal and obviously the opal on the left is a true crystal opal.  

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