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Seam Crystal Opal

To find a gorgeous piece of crisp and clear Crystal Opal from Seam Country in Lightning Ridge is quite rare, they are usually found to be quite milky or white — so I am super excited to see what emerges. The Theory is — Seam opals are created by fissures, cracks and movements underground that create a cavity for the opal to form.The sediments of silica spheres fill up the cavity and usually form into a thin plate — on the rare occasion they can be quite thick. Similarly, Nobby Opals are clusters of organic matter covered by the earth, the fossil decomposes and becomes a cavity.From there, the silica…

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Rough Lesson

Rough Lesson Piece of Nobby Opal

What is it about rough opal pieces that gets my heart racing?Is it the uncertainty of what’s inside or the thrill of the reveal?Well, it is all of the above and more, but sometimes your challenges become a rough lesson (pardon the pun) and not everything is what it seems. This particular nobby is from Lightning Ridge (surprise!) — it shows all the good signs of a Lightning Ridge nobby too — some potch, some sand, a nice color bar running through it and a white cap to top it off — but what lurks below the surface? We take a deep dive into this piece of rough opal on…

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Rough Opal can be risky business

Rough Opal can be risky business.

As with all rough opals there is plenty of risk involved, but with risk comes reward — this is a journey not to be missed. From the beginning I can see that this big piece of rough opal has inclusions and sand but I am more excited to see what lies deep inside. I have been a sand magnet of late and have taken a few beatings from some rough opals but I’m always up for a challenge. Once I started working on the knobby and started to expose the colors I could see the potential this rough opal had to offer. The risk lies in the slicing of the…

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