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Watch a rough opal piece transform and then be appraised.

So many times now I have taken a video of a rough opal that I’ve cut and polished. For once I wanted to show you how opal can have a mind of its own and even with all my experience I can still get it wrong. If you would like to see a nice gem cut to perfection click HERE As I cut this opal on the opal cutting wheel I start to expose the nice gem color hoping for a top gem. I estimated a gem around the US$2000 but I didn’t account for a few things. The potch bar was not even and the color bar was not…

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Opal Edition: InColor Magazine

InColor Magazine Opal Edition

The latest edition of InColor magazine is here with not one but two articles by Black Opal Direct! InColor is the magazine produced by the International Colored Gemstone Association, of which we are a member. First we give the international community a rundown on the Opal Symposium held last July in Lightning Ridge as well as updating the community on the matter of opal classification. There are articles on the sustainable practices of the opal mining industry as well as a not to be missed article on opal formation by Dr Simon Pecover. Below is a link to the full online version of the magazine but please grab a copy…

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Synthetic opal or not? These opals need testing!

While I was in Tucson this year I cam across some opal that had me stumped for a while. At first I thought it was synthetic opal but then came to a conclusion. Before I make my mind up they need testing. So will be sending them away for lab testing to see what they really are. I did think they were synthetic opals and I have an article and video on them here but now I am not so sure. If they were they would be pretty incredible as they have color bars. I will be sending them to Tony Smallwood for testing within the next few days. Have a…

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