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Cutting and pricing $30K of black opal

Cutting and pricing black opal can be a tricky task, it’s no wonder that it’s one of the most common questions we get! How do I price my opal? How should I cut it? What’s the value of a black opal? A lot goes into valuing this gorgeous gemstone; pattern, color play, body tone, weight, inclusions… the list goes on! Seem like a lot? Hang in there! In this week’s videos (yes, there are two this week!), Justin will show you how he cuts and prices his black opals. Justin asks you to choose your own adventure with a long and short version on how to cut and price black…

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Cutting opal mined in Lightning Ridge

Cutting Lightning Ridge Opal Nobby

Ever wanted to know what really goes into mining, finding, and cutting opal? In last week’s episode, we went underground in Lightning Ridge on the hunt for color. This week, watch as we take the opal nobby we found to the cutting wheel. Will it be a top gem? Justin always starts cutting opal the same way; by not cutting it at all. In fact, he says the best way to cut an opal is to take your time analysing the stone before going near the cutting wheel. There are some questions you should ask yourself when considering the best outcome for any gem; is it clean? Are there any…

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Romancing the Stone

Rough Opal Piece

On a cool, overcast winters day here on the Gold Coast, Justin takes us into his workshop and shows us the romance of opal.   How does opal make you feel? Even in a job as great as Justins, it’s important to take time reflecting on the romance of the stone. Justins opal romance has been an enduring love of the gemstone that has a deeper meaning to him than some might think.   What has Justin and Ruth captivated with the gem their business is built around? In this weeks video, Justin shows us why opal has such a special place in his heart.    Seeing the array of…

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