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The Southern Cross opal is the rarest I’ve ever seen

The Rarest Opal Ever - The Southern Cross video by Black Opal Direct

What’s it like to hold one of the rarest opals in the world in your hands? Meet the Southern Cross opal. Walking into my workshop, it’s a day like any other. I’m ready to cut and ready to give my nutty antics while doing it. I wrap my apron around me and head over to the wheel to cut a piece of rough opal. With the click of my fingers and a nod of the head, I grind away dirt, hoping to reveal the gem inside. I hear a strange sound over the machine’s whirring hum, but when I stop, there doesn’t seem to be anyone here with me. Geez,…

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A tribute to my father

Dads Lightning Ridge crystal opal cut

A friend approached me recently and asked to see some pictures of an opal my father cut when he was alive. While it’s hard for me to talk about, I wanted to share with you this tribute to my father, and the greatest cutter I ever knew; Jurgen. My father was my mentor for everything in life, and he taught me everything I know about opal. I loved him so much, and I miss his presence in my life daily. A flood of memories come back to me when I think a lot about our times together in the opal industry. His passion and artistic talent were so much greater…

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Script Pattern in an Unreal Gem

Cutting an opal gem with insane pattern

Seeing rare Script Pattern unearthed from a rough opal piece is not what I expected from our last YouTube Live. I’m sure you could tell, from the amount of adrenaline you could hear in my shaky voice, as I uncovered a real gem in front of your eyes. Script Pattern, formerly known as Chinese Writing, is a rare pattern that looks like language carved in stone. We love the idea that aliens have cut something into this unique gem, attempting to send us a message from another galaxy. What are they trying to tell us? Are they admiring my bald head? I kind of feel like the chosen one. Whatever they…

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