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How to make and identify an opal doublet

We have some doublets that have been made by us here.

Opal doublets are a fantastic way to achieve a great looking black opal at a fraction of the price of a solid. For may of us, they are a great choice when looking for a champagne taste opal on a beer budget. We have covered doublets in the past here and here, but thought you might like a newer one with a few more tips and detail.

In this video we show you how a doublet is made. This video will enable you to have a go in making your own – or – if you are not into lapidary – at least give you a head start on what a good quality doublet opal should look like and allow you to talk like a pro when purchasing one!

As you will see from the video, choosing and making a good quality opal doublet is all about your backing material – in our case we only use potch (colorless opal) and some good quality 2 pack glue.

Happy watching and I would love to hear your stories – have you made doublets before? Do you own a beautiful one? Click to comment and as always, we are happy to answer your questions.