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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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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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My Opal Journey

Over the years my beaten by sand jar has grown, along with a collection of sentimental pieces from my journey as an opal cutter.I wanted to immortalise all these things that mean so much to me and have been a part of my life now for so long — but how?My thought was to create something that combined them all into a functioning piece of art, something that had a purpose.Join me on the video below as I reveal the story behind the project. Project Opal Table We chose to use a timber called Camphor Laurel which is actually considered an ecological pest in Australia (you can read about it…

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