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Mother Nature’s Gem Crystal Opal

Dreamy opal cutting sequence of a gem crystal opal

Mother Nature formed this gorgeous gem crystal opal over millions of years; we’re just here to give it the final nudge to perfection. Today, we’ve got a clean skin nobby opal that was found in a shallow dig in Lightning Ridge. This gem has the 3D color-on-color effect that brings layers of life into the stone. The hues and patterns sit on top of each other and shift with the light give this gem a sense of fluidity that’s borderline hypnotising. This weeks video is a feel-good, dreamy gem crystal opal cutting sequence. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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Polishing 2.2kgs (5 pounds) of Andamooka opal

andamooka opal

My biggest challenge ever doesn’t seem to be getting any easier! This massive chunk of Andamooka opal is the opal that finally beat me. I have developed my skills in cutting opal over the last 30 years but I’ve never met an opal that’s challenged me like this one. Sometimes it’s not that we don’t have the skills or the knowledge but that we just don’t have the right equipment! The opals I’m used to cutting are, at maximum, the size of a Ferrero Rocher (and just as delicious, in my opinion) so the tools I use just can’t cope with this megalith-like Andamooka opal. So how will I tackle…

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Opal Stories

Justin and Melinda sit down to chat about the opal stories of some of our stock. You asked and we listened! In our last video on Justin’s Personal Opal Collection you asked us to go through the opals on our site and tell more stories of their origin. Nine different opals, four different fields. Their opal stories brought to you by Justin, Melinda, and two cups of coffee. Wyoming opal field, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales Justin and Melinda lead with six opal stories from a field called Wyoming in Lightning Ridge. As you drive in to Wyoming opal field you are greeted by a horse and cart from the…

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