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Justin’s Personal Opal Collection

  Storytime! Let’s quiz Justin on some of the beautiful gemstones in his personal opal collection. Join us as Melinda (Black Opal Direct’s newest member!) is introduced and gets to ask Justin for the stories on some of his most prized and precious opals.   All opals, including those in Justin’s personal collection, have their own stories. Whether they’ve been in families for generations or they were only recently cut and polished, the meaning behind gemstones is what makes them irreplaceable.   Justin’s Personal Opal Collection The first stone introduced is one of Justin’s favorite stones; one handed down to him from his Dads personal collection 40 years ago. The…

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What is play of color in a gemstone?

5.32ct opal

   What is ‘play of color’? Is it unique to opal? How can we tell?   This week, Justin dives into what play of color is in different gemstones and why the play of color found in opal is so special.   Most gem stones have a trace element in them that gives the gemstone its color and when faceted, light refracts around the facets to show off that gorgeous color. This is an awesome display but it’s not considered play of color – very few gemstones have this!   The technical explanation of play of color is the phenomenon of spectral colors created due to the orderly array…

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Which Opal Has the Better Gem?

This week Justin has some bad luck with a piece of nobby opal that looked promising but ended up a bit of fail! Then he decided to try one more piece… which opal has the better gem? Justin starts with a piece he’s had for a while which, from the outside, appears to have a nice color bar and potential to be a really good gem. How will this nobby opal turn out? Let’s cut it and see! … It did NOT work out to be the kind of gem we were hoping for. After cutting away at the stone, Justin explains that it is not turning black in body…

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