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Q&A with Kindred Collection designer Ruth Benjamin-Thomas

Has this been a design idea for a while or did it come once you received the Opals?  I had been looking for such a parcel for years and I found these Andamooka crystals in, of all places, a retired dealer’s safe in New York. Calibrated material as bright and as well cut as this doesn’t come around very often. I had played around with a few designs that were similar but not quite resolved for a while. What was your process for designing the Kindred Collection? Unlike many other gems, opal really tells you how it wants to be. I knew the final setting was going to be organic…

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A Cushion Cut with a twist!

I am always up for a challange and sometimes those challenges have a way of working out better than you could ever imagine —This was one of those moments!A beautiful Witches Hat nobby rough opal with a thick color bar, how can we make this sing?Join me as I tackle a gem cut that I have never done before — the end result is worth it! Assessing, always assessing When I first looked at this stone with the torch through the loop, it looked like an easy cut.However, what started to show were inclusions and sand spots all over the top of the nobby.This is where all the beautiful color…

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Opal Fossils

Opal fossils are opals formed in the cavity left underground by an animal that has perished and left the shape of its former self to be filled by silica spheres over many years. The rain that falls on the ground seeps into the ground taking thousands of years, carries the rich silica spheres through the cavities, cracks and fissures underground until it has nowhere else to go and fill the cavity to form opal. There are many different explanations for how it is formed, some say it is formed by bacteria, some say the clay balls underground get washed around by the water and slowly ground away leaving cavities for…

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