Nobby Opal Number 3

Nobby Opal number 3 from our ‘Pick a Winner’ competition came in at a very close second to number 4.
A mixed up looking nobby but it showed a lot of potential.
From experience, these types of rough nobby can be unpredictable — from amazing to failing miserably.

Number 3 Makes The Cut!

When closely inspecting the nobby with my Gemfish Flashlight, I see an abundance of glowing inside.
This tells me there is a thick color bar sitting inside.
So, without hesitation, it’s off to the slicer — let’s see what’s inside this rough.
Fingers crossed we may get at least one or hopefully even two good gemstones.
As I thought, the color inside is spectacular!
There are actually beautiful colors showing at the top of the nobby, which was a little unexpected.
However, I believe that there may be even better color at the very bottom, so back to the slicer.

Layers and Layers of Color

All 3 slices are so beautiful in their own way.
This has given me an idea to do something a little different.
Rather than making them a traditional oval opal, I have decided to just polish the face of each slice and leave them as a beautiful nobby specimen.
What we have ended up with is a natural rough nobby opal sliced into 3 pieces.
Showing beautiful green and blue play of color with Moss and Floral patterns.
What a wonderful set of specimen gem pieces from a lovely rough opal nobby hailing from the Wyoming Field in Lightning Ridge, Australia.

We hope you enjoyed the video and loved the outcome!
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