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950 carats of seam opal goodness!

Big, bold and a little unassuming — one thing is for certain, we’re going to need to bring out the heavy grit wheel to work on this monster gem.Weighing in at a colossal 950 carats, we’ll need to clear the schedule to work on this piece of rough opal. Tips & Tricks Unearthed in the Grawin Feild in Lighntning Ridge, otherwise known as ‘seam opal country’, pieces like this one can be rare due to the size the cavity must be to create it.Slides, fissures and cracks underground caused by movements in the earth for over hundreds of milliions of years create these cavities which fill up with silica spheres…

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A Cushion Cut with a twist!

I am always up for a challange and sometimes those challenges have a way of working out better than you could ever imagine —This was one of those moments!A beautiful Witches Hat nobby rough opal with a thick color bar, how can we make this sing?Join me as I tackle a gem cut that I have never done before — the end result is worth it! Assessing, always assessing When I first looked at this stone with the torch through the loop, it looked like an easy cut.However, what started to show were inclusions and sand spots all over the top of the nobby.This is where all the beautiful color…

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Let’s map this out again

Map of Australia

When I came across this piece of rough opal, its organic shape struck a similarity to the map of Australia and who doesn’t want an opal that is shaped like Oz? With the sand wreaking havoc on my intended map of Australia I have to restrategize my approach to cutting this beautiful piece of Lightning Ridge opal.There is a visible line of potch running through the middle, so slicing it seemed to be the most logical place to start — goodbye Oz!Mother Nature had only lightly painted this piece of rough opal with color and as I grounded each piece I was rapidly losing color…eeeek! If you think we’re in…

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