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The only thing to do after opal cutting failure

The only thing to do after opal cutting failure

Opal cutting failure, or failure of any kind, can feel like someone decided to bust out some WWE moves on your confidence. Sometimes our expectations aren’t as good as reality, which can be a bit of a bummer. The wave of disappointment that follows can look like, oh I don’t know, laying in the foetal position and shoving chocolate covered pretzels into your mouth for the next hour. Downing fistfuls of chocolate-covered anything feels oh-so-right at the time, but it doesn’t make you feel any better after. The only solution I’ve found to failure is to fling yourself back in the ring. Two opals, one winner. Would you quit or…

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Why is this opal cut wrong? Opal cutting mistakes!

7.44 ct black crystal opal 18×17.5×4.7mm

There are a lot of ways to cut an opal, but why is this opal cut wrong? Today I have an opal rub, which is a piece of rough that someone has begun cutting. Sometimes I’ll get my hands on an opal that someone has already had a crack at, but for whatever reason, they’ve decided not to finish the stone. I got this rub from a miner that had a go at cutting but I believe they’ve done it the wrong way. Did this cutter make a mistake? Can I fix it? In today’s video, we’ll work on this stone together and answer some common opal cutting questions. Why…

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I carved an opal Emoji gem!

Carving an opal Emoji Gem from black opal and crystal opal

From gory nightmares to Tik Tok dances, let’s get ridiculous in this week’s video while carving a silly opal Emoji gem. I’ve done a lot of things in my opal cutting career; cut gems worth more than my car, dug deep for color, traversed mine shafts, moved my family to the outback, handled gems worth more than my house, and have met so many incredible people. What I can tell you, though, is that I have never done this before.  If you like my videos, chances are you’re a bit like me; you love to try new things, are a little left field, and love to explore topics or skills with an…

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