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950 carats of seam opal goodness!

Big, bold and a little unassuming — one thing is for certain, we’re going to need to bring out the heavy grit wheel to work on this monster gem.Weighing in at a colossal 950 carats, we’ll need to clear the schedule to work on this piece of rough opal. Tips & Tricks Unearthed in the Grawin Feild in Lighntning Ridge, otherwise known as ‘seam opal country’, pieces like this one can be rare due to the size the cavity must be to create it.Slides, fissures and cracks underground caused by movements in the earth for over hundreds of milliions of years create these cavities which fill up with silica spheres…

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How to take the opal off a dop stick easily without force

Today’s tip is a simple but effective tip that can save you time and the possible breakage of your opal. When you have opal on your dop stick, you can sometimes find it hard to take them off. So a little trick I use is put the opal on the dop stick in the freezer for 5 minutes then take them out, and the opal will fall off the wax. The contract under cold temperature making the opal fall of much easier.

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