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Cutting a blue pea nobby opal

1.30 ct black opal uncovered from pea nobby

Uncovering a beautiful black opal from this blue pea nobby? Yes pea-lease! Pea nobby?! Is that some sort of crude joke?! Thankfully not. A pea nobby is a spherical rough opal that can be formed in potch or full color. You can find black, dark, white, or crystal opal in pea nobby form and they can have clean or rough skin. This pea nobby opal has a beautiful blue-green color bar and potch on the back; both good signs. On the downside, the rough skin makes it hard to see if the color will be watery, which is not what I’m after. I like my opal how I like my coffee;…

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Will I get my rough opal investment back?

2.02 ct black opal from Lightning Ridge Australia

Buying rough opal is one of the riskier parts of being in the opal business; how do I know this rough opal investment is worth it? What if I lose all of my money? I take an educated guess at whether a rough piece will produce a gem opal, but it is impossible to tell for sure. I’ve gotten pretty good at guessing after working with opal for over 30 years although, as any regular viewers will know, opal likes to prove me wrong just for the fun of it. Will I get this $800 rough opal investment back? There’s only one way to find out! Today’s rough opal investment…

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Cutting a blue rough opal

2.95 ct black opal 10.5x9x4.5mm

Ah, my precious blue rough opal nobby… I’ll be cutting a beautiful blue rough opal nobby with you today. Like always, some risks come with cutting opal, and you can never be too sure of yourself. The more sure of your opal nobby you are, the more likely it is to put its sassy pants on and do the exact opposite of what you said it would. In that case, I’m going to approach this blue rough opal as I would approach a moody teenager; carefully, armed with a plan and hesitant to make any intense demands. I am, however, seeing some hints of gorgeous blue color that seems promising.…

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