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Australian opal patterns explained

Australian Opal Patterns Explained by Black Opal Direct

Australian opal patterns can be tricky to learn; no two opals are ever the same! This glorious Australian gemstone doesn’t like to make it easy for us, but there are a few skills to identifying patterns in opal. Here are my tips for budding cutters and opal enthusiasts. A lot of what I learnt about opal, I learnt from my Dad. We’d sit together, his dusty cap on his head as it hung over the cutting wheel, and he’d share with me all he knew. I feel very fortunate to have the knowledge I do and to have been able to hone my skills over the past 30 years, which…

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What patterns are in opal?

Explaining different Australian opal patterns by Black Opal Direct

An opals pattern has a massive impact on its value. Some opal patterns are common and don’t add much value whereas rare patterns send it through the roof. After my video on valuing opal, you guys had a lot of questions on the importance of pattern in opal. Which patterns are common in opal? Are some patterns worth more? Why do some patterns look so different on each opal? Can an opal have more than one pattern? Today I’ll show you how you can learn to identify opal patterns by showing you some of our stock. We’ll look at some of the most known patterns, as well as some rare…

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How do I value opal?

Black Opal from Lightning Ridge

I get asked to value opal for other people on the daily, and I understand why. Opal is a notoriously hard stone to value because there are no hard and fast rules you can apply to every stone. The drawing card of opal is the fact that every single stone is unique. Nobody will ever have a gem that looks quite like yours. On the flip side of that, every stone needs an individual valuation. “Is my opal valuable?” There isn’t a simple yes or no answer that I could give you for this. It’s more like, “Yes. No, maybe. It depends on…” A short essay later, and I’d be able to explain…

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