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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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Opal myths busted!

Opal Myths Busted

While I love a quirky tale as much as the next person, opal myths can start to sound like facts if repeated often enough. I’ve gotten consistent emails for years now questioning an opals strength; can I get it wet? Can I wash my hands? Can my ring get soap on it? In today’s video, I defend the honor of our beautiful Australian gemstone by debunking some common opal myths. That, and I just really wanted to play scientist again. Let’s see how it handles the cocktail of chemicals I’m going to douse it in! Let’s put an opal to the test I’ve chosen an opal that has a crack…

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Smashing gemstones with a mallet!

smashing gemstones

As a kid, I thought that diamonds were the hardest thing in the world. Having the typical tyrannical tendencies that young boys have, all I wanted to do was smash one. Now I’m an adult and quite frankly, not much has changed. Join me today as I live out one of 9-year-old Justin’s dreams of smashing gemstones and seeing what happens. I’m testing this theory on a few different kinds of gemstones to see how they hold up; opal, quartz, emerald, and diamond. Let’s have a crack! (pardon the pun) Opal First up off the bat is my personal favorite; the opal. As I ready my mallet I apologise to…

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