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I smoked an Ethiopian opal

Smoke treating an Ethiopian opal

Ethiopian opal is beautiful but very different to Australian opal. Today, I show you how Ethiopian opal can be treated to look like glass or even turned black! Quick and important disclaimer: the opal in this video is hydrophane opal, most of which comes out of Ethiopia, not sedimentary opal, which is what Australian opal is. I get questioned daily on whether an opal is real or fake, worth the money or a waste of time and I get it! Buying a gem online can be confusing; there are so many marketplaces, listings, types, and prices. Ethiopian opal is a beautiful gemstone, often used as a cost-effective way to make…

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Synthetic opal or not? These opals need testing!

While I was in Tucson this year I cam across some opal that had me stumped for a while. At first I thought it was synthetic opal but then came to a conclusion. Before I make my mind up they need testing. So will be sending them away for lab testing to see what they really are. I did think they were synthetic opals and I have an article and video on them here but now I am not so sure. If they were they would be pretty incredible as they have color bars. I will be sending them to Tony Smallwood for testing within the next few days. Have a…

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New and improved synthetic opal BEWARE!!

Fake and Synthetic opal - Aurora Opal

New synthetic opals are being created every year and manufacturers are getting better at replicating natural opal. I recently obtained some of the new material from Tony Smallwood and thought it was time I posted an update. Nearly every day, I am asked by people what their opal is worth. Much of the time I have to tell them that they have a fake opal. Sad but true.  The only way to combat this is to at least make you aware of these new types of fakes on the market. TYPE 1. Aurora Opal This new type of synthetic opal has a pattern never seen before in man made opal. It…

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