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The Southern Cross opal is the rarest I’ve ever seen

The Rarest Opal Ever - The Southern Cross video by Black Opal Direct

What’s it like to hold one of the rarest opals in the world in your hands? Meet the Southern Cross opal. Walking into my workshop, it’s a day like any other. I’m ready to cut and ready to give my nutty antics while doing it. I wrap my apron around me and head over to the wheel to cut a piece of rough opal. With the click of my fingers and a nod of the head, I grind away dirt, hoping to reveal the gem inside. I hear a strange sound over the machine’s whirring hum, but when I stop, there doesn’t seem to be anyone here with me. Geez,…

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Glowing Crystal Opal Pair

7.84 carat glowing crystal opal pair

What’s better than a crystal opal with stunning pinfire pattern? A glowing crystal opal pair! One of the best, but sometimes heartbreaking, things about opal is that there will never be another exactly like it. This is one of the major drawcards to why someone would choose an opal; it’s as unique as you are. On the other hand, it means creating matching opal jewelry is about as hard as finding the socks your washing machine eats. Well, I’ve managed to find the missing sock a matching opal pair! (Still no sign of the sock). This week, I’ll show you how to cut a matching pair while keeping as much…

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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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