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Results of slicing up the large Andamooka opal piece

Thanks to all that commented and helped along the way with the decision of how to cut this opal. We decided take your advice and slice along the green colorbar in the middle for 3 to 4 nice double sided gem opals. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think in the comments below. The larger piece was sold to a good customer and friend before I could get to cutting it so we would have ended up with 5 gems all up. Andamooka opal is a very hard type of opal from Australia and is found in seam form. It is rare to see large pieces like…

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Advise on cutting opal. Your opinion needed?

Throughout the years I have given my opinion on the art of cutting opal. Now it is your turn. We need your help to decide what to do with this piece of Andamooka gem crystal chunk of opal It has many color bars and deciding which way to face it, cut it, slice it, orientate it is in the hands of us all. Please give 2 minutes of your time to help us decide what to do with this giant piece of what some would call dream opal. This way we can all learn and go forward. For the people who don’t really know what to say and are maybe…

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Cushion Cut Opal: A revived shape

Now we aren’t talking about the soft furnishing kinds but rather the opal shape that is appearing more and more. Cushion cut opal has been around forever and we often see boulder opal in rectangles or cushions. During the early parts of last century you find some beautiful examples of cushion cut white opal, but where is the cushion cut black? We know that it’s a really popular shape for mens rings and in smaller sizes for art deco inspired womens rings. If you have the material, cushion cut opal is also great in earring designs. Did you know you can now search our inventory based on shape? Just refine each…

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