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The dream opal comes true!

best black opal gem cutting video

Some days at the cutting machine are good and others are mediocre. Then there are days like this. Watch me get caught off guard while uncovering an absolute dream opal in this weeks video. We shared a live cutting video on YouTube a couple of weeks ago that included an exceedingly beautiful piece of rough opal from Lightning Ridge. I decided to take this rough nobby to the cutting wheel expecting a good gem and being surprised with a dream opal instead. What can we get out of this rough opal? Before cutting any opal, I always spend time evaluating. Every piece of rough opal is unique, just like the…

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From rough to riches! Cutting, polishing, and valuing an opal

2.84ct rough to polsihed opal

Sometimes all you want to do is watch some therapeutic opal cutting without some dude talking the whole time. Well, today’s your lucky day! We’ve got something a little different in mind this week so sit back, relax, and enjoy. This video focuses on how Justin’s workshop usually sounds; whirring machines and the grinding of gems. And, of course, uncovering a beautiful gem! Let’s get cutting… Justin starts by taking the 4ct rough to his sintered 360 grit wheel to reveal the color bar as best he can. After carving out a shape he’s happy with, the opal goes onto the dop stick to begin the shape and pre-polish. Justin…

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Workshop tour! What’s in my opal cutting workshop?

Opal Cutters Workshop Tour

What do you need to start cutting opal? Join us this week as Justin takes us on an opal cutting workshop tour! We get asked a lot of questions by you guys on the tools you need to cut opal. Whether you’re at the beginning of your opal cutting adventure or you’re a seasoned cutter, there are a few tips and tricks in this video that may help you on your journey. And some stupidity. Join Justin in this workshop tour to see all of the tools and machinery he needs to get those brilliant cuts! We hope you enjoy watching; let us know your workshop must-haves in the comments…

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