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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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A rough gem gets a makeover

Hey, hey, it’s cutting day! Watch Justin as he gives a rough gem makeover… how will it turn out?   Assessing your options This week, Justin starts with a 34ct nobby opal that has a nice, thick color bar running through it. The key to getting the best out of this stone is to face it right as we’re after that gorgeous red color shimmering through the sides.   This nobby opal has some fractures as well as a sand line going through it which could mean that the stone ends up a lot smaller than we’d like… well, there’s only one way to find out!   Cutting the gem…

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Which Opal Has the Better Gem?

This week Justin has some bad luck with a piece of nobby opal that looked promising but ended up a bit of fail! Then he decided to try one more piece… which opal has the better gem? Justin starts with a piece he’s had for a while which, from the outside, appears to have a nice color bar and potential to be a really good gem. How will this nobby opal turn out? Let’s cut it and see! … It did NOT work out to be the kind of gem we were hoping for. After cutting away at the stone, Justin explains that it is not turning black in body…

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