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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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An example of 2 opals that have a similar bodytone

Just following on from my previous post about bodytone. This picture shows two opals. See the difference between crystal opal and white opal. The white opal on the right has a cloudy appearance to the opal, where the crystal opal on the left is a little more crisp and clear. The bodytones are only one scale different. You could get away with calling the opal on the right a crystal opal and obviously the opal on the left is a true crystal opal.  

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White Opals

White opal is a more common opal and was heavily marketed in the early days of opal trading, That’s why when you think of opal, you think of a white opal. White opal has a very light body tone to it giving the opal a white look and appearance. White opal can come in all different colors from blue, green, orange, red etc…  The most expensive color is red but that doesn’t mean that it is worth more than a blue. It depends on its brightness. White opal is a lower quality opal to black opal and crystal opal, and even some grey opal. Most white opal is found in…

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