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Australian Opal Cutters

Opal cutters and lapidists alike are a breed of their own. Opal is a very small niche worldwide and for people to learn to cut opal without being close to the source is very hard to do. Most of the best opal cutters are living at the source or have learnt from someone who has lived at the source. Lightning Ridge is a place where opal cutters are common and some of the best are found here. Lightning Ridge black opal is the most difficult type of opal to cut. Nobby opal is especially the most difficult. Learning to cut with nobby opal is not really a great type of…

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12 tips to cut and polish a better opal

How to cut a Nobby..polishing of rough opal made to look easy… Watch master cutter Justin from Black Opal Direct polish a piece of rough ‘Nobby’ with a flat colour bar into an oval cabochon. In this video Justin gives 12 tips to cut and polish a better opal. Justin begins by showing you  the ‘nobby’ to be cut.. it has a rare pattern. Crossed between a ‘pinfire and palette pattern’ Justin happily calls this one the ‘galaxy pattern’. What is a flat colour bar? This stone has a flat colour bar. Justin explains if you ‘grind or loose the cabochon dome you will loose the colour around the edges’. This is called a…

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