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Cutting a white rough opal into a dazzling gem

Black Opal Direct Cutting Video

We have a beaut’ rough white opal this week that boasts an easy cut and a dazzling gem. Lightning Ridge is famous for the glorious black opal, but have you met its lighter cousin? Starting at a chunky 32-carats, this rough white opal has the potential to birth a thick color bar. It’s no black opal, but don’t let that fool you! Lightning Ridge creates all kinds of opal, from black to white and dark to crystal. The infamous home of black opal is equally as notorious for being much more than meets the eye. I’m hoping that this rough white opal is more than meets my eye, but there’s…

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Opal Stories

Justin and Melinda sit down to chat about the opal stories of some of our stock. You asked and we listened! In our last video on Justin’s Personal Opal Collection you asked us to go through the opals on our site and tell more stories of their origin. Nine different opals, four different fields. Their opal stories brought to you by Justin, Melinda, and two cups of coffee. Wyoming opal field, Lightning Ridge, New South Wales Justin and Melinda lead with six opal stories from a field called Wyoming in Lightning Ridge. As you drive in to Wyoming opal field you are greeted by a horse and cart from the…

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Results of slicing up the large Andamooka opal piece

Thanks to all that commented and helped along the way with the decision of how to cut this opal. We decided take your advice and slice along the green colorbar in the middle for 3 to 4 nice double sided gem opals. Enjoy the video and let me know what you think in the comments below. The larger piece was sold to a good customer and friend before I could get to cutting it so we would have ended up with 5 gems all up. Andamooka opal is a very hard type of opal from Australia and is found in seam form. It is rare to see large pieces like…

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