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Risking a monster black opal rough to cut over $20K

Large Rough Opal cuts 3 gems worth over $20k

This monster black opal rough had me shaking worse than a triple shot latte! I think you’ll love how this gem turned out. This week we’ve got a monster black opal nobby that looks like it’s full of color. When checking with a flashlight, I can see the clear color underneath the potch that appears to wrap all the way around. I might have to grind off the top to get to it, but it’s looking hopeful. As always, to check if my plan will work, I take this baby to the wheel to grind the side down only to find that the color on top is way better than…

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Can I cut a $25K gem entirely by hand?

I cut a $25K gem opal entirely by hand

Watch as I cut a $25K gem entirely by hand and see the magic that unfolds! Cutting an opal without using dop sticks is a tricky skill for a cutter to learn. Trust me, I’ve had my fair share of mini heart attacks when one goes shooting across the room. You need to maintain a good hold of the rough when you’re rolling and shaping it. Without the use of dop sticks, you’re relying on wet fingers to stay gripped on the stone while you shape and polish it. It can feel a bit like holding on to a slippery fish the first time! This rough opal piece beams bright…

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Watch a $20K gem black opal emerge from rough

Black Opal Cutting from Black Opal Direct 5.08 ct gem black opal 14×9.5×5.9mm

There’s no day quite as lovely as one that ends in a $20K gem black opal sitting on my workshop bench. Watch as a gorgeous gem emerges from a sand-filled piece of rough right in front of our eyes. I’ve been cutting a fair few pieces lately riddled with sand; a cutters worst nightmare! So, I’ve been collecting these emotional rollercoaster-rocks and putting them into a jar with something pretty cool in mind. I’ll keep you updated on that. I didn’t feel like having my heart fall into my gut again today, so I’ve picked a more promising looking piece. The pattern and color in this rough look gorgeous; orange…

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