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Cutting a customer’s tricky rough opal

A customer returned this tricky rough opal parcel so I cut it

My customer returned this tricky rough opal parcel after he decided he wasn’t comfortable cutting it himself. So, I cut it for him. I rarely ever cut other peoples opal, but I couldn’t say no to this tricky rough opal parcel. The suspense of this one is going to have your opal-loving heart thumping. Agreeing to cut someone else’s rough opal is about as rare as rocking horse doo-doo for me. I rarely have the time, and it’s harder to take risks when it’s not your opal. If those risks don’t pay off, you’ve got to answer to someone else. Fortunately, this customer was comfortable in me taking risks and…

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COVID-19 Shipping Update

Castle and Things Colouring In Sheet

REVIEWED AND UPDATED 28 APRIL 2020 We are still open for business! As everyone knows, Australia is an island. This is mostly a good thing BUT when borders are closed it means less movement of aircraft in and out of the country. This is having a major effect on current shipping processes and we’ve had to make some hard decisions. We are now only shipping to the countries listed below. If your country is not listed and you would like to purchase from us – please email us to find out if it is possible. If you are in Europe, we mostly can, but things are changing daily. If you…

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Polishing opal to $12,000 perfection

5.78 gem black opal from Lightning Ridge

Polishing opal can make or break a gem. Being the final step in the opal cutting process, an opal that is finished with a quality polish is the cherry on top that takes it to the next level. Think, taking your sundae from home-made to Max Brenner level. Today’s piece of opal is a rub (pre-form) from a miner in Lightning Ridge. I got this piece when it had already been rubbed so I don’t know what it looked like in the rough but, holy cow, this color is something special. My first impression of this opal is that it’s got incredible play of color with a nice, thick color…

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