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I cut this little rock to find a $4000 gem inside

Little rock cut into 3.29 carat black opal gem

This little rock was hiding a gorgeous gem opal inside. Of course, it wouldn’t let me have it without a bit of a challenge. I find that sweet-talking my opal first doesn’t hurt my chances. I love to say things like “you’re more than your sand spots, it’s what’s on the inside that counts” and “you put the rock in rockstar!” Some may say I’m insane (my wife), some may think I’ve been experimenting with too many chemicals, and to them, I say… you’re probably right. But I’m going to do it anyway! I start with an opal nobby that has the telltale signs of a great gem; white cap,…

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One fail! One win! You can’t always cut a winner

opal cutting fail and then win with black opal

I like to keep it authentic with you guys and some days that means sharing my latest opal fail… That’s when it’s most important to pick yourself back up and try again, in my book. And that’s exactly what I did. Watch as I have a big, fat opal fail… and then I try again. Psst… stay tuned to hear about how you could win one of our opals! Not everyone’s a winner… I chose an opal nobby out of my black box of goodies that I hoped would cut a nice red on black. I started to grind the potch to see if it would turn black and noticed…

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A $15K gem black opal cut from rough

gem black opal opal cutting video

Do you know those days when everything just seems to work? As if the odds are stacked in your favor and things easily slide into place like puzzle pieces. Today was one of those days. I like to call these days at the cutting wheel “easy cuts” because of how smoothly things run. It feels like the opal and I have an agreement; you show me some color and I’ll show you my cutting skills. Not every day at the wheel is like this (in fact, most aren’t) so I was really happy to have caught it all to share with you. In this weeks video, watch me cut a…

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