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What is an Opal Doublet and how can I tell?

How to spot an Opal Doublet

How can you tell whether an opal is a doublet or completely natural? There are a lot of opal and opal jewelry sellers out there, but how can you tell what if you’re paying for is natural opal? First, let’s chat about why someone would make an opal doublet in the first place. Doublets are usually made to make a piece of opal, or opal jewelry, look like it’s worth more than it actually is. They blacken the back of opal which enhances its color bar making the opal look more expensive. The catch here is that as soon as opal is reinforced its value can be reduced. To make…

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Workshop tour! What’s in my opal cutting workshop?

Opal Cutters Workshop Tour

What do you need to start cutting opal? Join us this week as Justin takes us on an opal cutting workshop tour! We get asked a lot of questions by you guys on the tools you need to cut opal. Whether you’re at the beginning of your opal cutting adventure or you’re a seasoned cutter, there are a few tips and tricks in this video that may help you on your journey. And some stupidity. Join Justin in this workshop tour to see all of the tools and machinery he needs to get those brilliant cuts! We hope you enjoy watching; let us know your workshop must-haves in the comments…

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What is black opal worth? The body tone myth exposed

Are all black opals created equal? What is black opal worth? Are the darkest black opals worth more? Should I only buy N1 black opals? We get a lot of questions about black opal, understandably! But there is one common misconception when it comes to buying black opal and that has to do with the body tone scale. A lot of people have been asking us for black opal that is N1 on the body tone and brightness scale thinking that this is the best they can buy. As Justin explains in today’s video, the body tone of black opal is not the most important factor in its value. In…

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