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Rough opal to an epic gem

Rough opal to epic gem

My latest magic trick; watch as I turn this 40-carat rough opal nobby to a couple-carat gem. This week’s video will either make you smile or cry… either way, it ends in an epic gem. It’s been a while since I ran you through my entire cutting process so I thought it might be time for a refresher. In this video, we chat about assessing rough, cutting tips, putting opal on a dop stick, using heat with opal without it cracking, and my polishing tips! The rough opal nobby I’m working with today is about as messed up as I get when eating a hard shell taco. Toppings spill everywhere,…

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Can I cut a gem from this color?

Cutting a gem from this Lightning Ridge opal

After a week of fishing the Great Barrier Reef with mates, it’s time to fish for a gem! Can I cut a gem opal from this color? I’ve been fishing in the gorgeous waters of the Great Barrier Reef for a week to recharge, and I’m feeling better than ever! Let’s get back into it by cutting this nobby opal from Allawah Opal Field in Lightning Ridge. It has a thick bar with Flagstone pattern, and some color inside that looks promising. As we know, though, opal can turn on you without warning. Will I be able to cut a gem? There’s only one way to find out!  There is potch…

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Will this tiny opal cut $1000 gem?

Cutting a tiny opal from a Lightning Ridge nobby

No bigger than a dime; can I cut a gem out of this tiny opal? I thought I’d challenge myself this week by cutting this small nobby that I’ve had sitting in my stash. But first, coffee. Now that we’ve got the most crucial thing out of the way let’s cut this tiny opal! This nobby looks like it has a clean color bar that could face well. It’ll be a bit of a stretch, but let’s hope I can do it. Does the potch go right through the color? Will the stone get too small for my fingers? Is this going to be a total flop?! By the end…

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