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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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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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Win This Semi Black Opal: Comment and Win

And the winner is….. Janie! “Black opal is magical to look at and sentimentally Australian. My favourite present as an 8 year old was opal earrings.” There were many other lovely comments too and we thank all of you for entering. Win this beautiful 1.08ct semi black opal valued at $400 Entering is easy, simply tell us why you love opal in 25 words or less in the comments section below and your name will go into the draw. See the opal here https://blackopaldirect.com/product/semi-black-opal/1-08-ct-semi-black-opal-9x7x2-5mm/ Each time you share this on Facebook or Google, tweet it on Twitter or pin it on Pinterest, you will get another entry into the draw (remember to…

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