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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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3 ways to spot a synthetic or fake opal

Example of fake and synthetic opal

In today’s video we give you 3 tips on how to spot a synthetic or fake opal. Opal is one of the most fashionable gemstones right now and we see lots in the market place. Now we know that there are many reputable sellers out there clearly stating that their opal is synthetic, but we have come across a sneaky few who try and pass it off as the real thing and we want you, the opal lover to know exactly what you are looking at! Firstly, synthetic or lab created opal is made in a lab, it did not come out of the ground. The fake opal may contain a percentage of…

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