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Watch a humble nobby opal turn into a ripper gem

Gorgeous nobby opal cutting tutorial video by Black Opal Direct

Some days opal humbles you, and other days a humble nobby opal turns into something magical. We’ve been locked down here again in Queensland, so to keep the state safe, I’ve decided to spend all my time cutting opal. Oh, wait… that’s kind of what I do anyway. After a brief stint in kooky antics and songwriting, I’ve decided opal is where my talent lies, so let’s get stuck into it! Today, I have a nice yet humble nobby opal. The color bar looks clear and watery, and there’s potch and sand on the top along with black potch on the back. When shining the flashlight through the stone, it’s…

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The rollercoaster of a high-risk rough opal piece

The biggest risk yet - I tried to cut a large rough opal Black Opal Direct YouTube Video

This high-risk rough opal piece sent me for a wild ride, and the biggest challenge I’ve had in a long time! I got lured in by the gorgeous 5-millimetre color bar, hooked on a challenge, and then snagged on a rock. We’ll see how this fisherman makes the best out of the opal that got almost away. When I bought this piece, I knew it was a high-risk rough opal. It looks impressive on the outside, but I can see that there’s a challenge lurking under the surface. I was nervous that the sand would completely eat the color bar on this high-risk rough opal. Let’s say that I had to reel…

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I lost money on this $8K rough opal piece

Epic failure opal cutting. I lose my $8k investment

When I realised I lost money on this $8K rough opal piece, I only had one choice. I could throw a tantrum or I could salvage the best and learn from the rest. I like to show you all sides of opal cutting and the reality it; it ain’t always a win! The only true loss is one you don’t learn from. With that in mind, let’s see what this trickster of a piece had in stall for me to learn today. In one of my recent live videos, we cut a piece that didn’t turn out the way I predicted it would. Today we have it’s brother so, did…

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