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Learn how to spot a synthetic opal

Watch the video link as Justin from Black Opal Direct gives you an invaluable insight and learn how to spot a synthetic opal. In a few minutes Justin shows you visually the difference between a ‘real’ opal and a ‘synthetic’ opal and delivers in a concise manner the techniques in detection. You might also want to watch our other videos on synthetic opal and fakes found in the video gallery. Techniques in detecting a synthetic vs a natural opal Synthetic Opal Synthetic has a pattern and play of colour which is tightly bunched together. By using  a 10 x hand lens loupe you will discover no gaps in the patterning. The pattern…

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Learn how to cut an opal!

What type of opal cutting machines can I use? There are many cutting machines and ways to cut and polish opal. Finding the opal-cutting machine that suites you is the question that most people have on their mind when starting out. When choosing an opal-cutting machine you have to take into account whether you are going to use diamond grits to cut and polish your opal or sandpaper, pumice powder, and cerium oxide. If you decide to go all out using diamond grits to cut and polish your opal, you will basically only need three opal cutting machines. Firstly you will need an opal cutting machine like a pixie or…

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