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Cutting a blue rough opal

2.95 ct black opal 10.5x9x4.5mm

Ah, my precious blue rough opal nobby… I’ll be cutting a beautiful blue rough opal nobby with you today. Like always, some risks come with cutting opal, and you can never be too sure of yourself. The more sure of your opal nobby you are, the more likely it is to put its sassy pants on and do the exact opposite of what you said it would. In that case, I’m going to approach this blue rough opal as I would approach a moody teenager; carefully, armed with a plan and hesitant to make any intense demands. I am, however, seeing some hints of gorgeous blue color that seems promising.…

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What is an opal rub? Let’s cut two and see!

4.39 ct gem black opal and 2.86 ct black opal

Today, I’ll explain to you what an opal rub is while cutting two of them! By the time you’ve finished watching this video, you’ll have an answer to these questions: What is an opal rub? Why would miners sell their opal as a rub? Why do opal rubs cost more than rough opal? I’ve got two opal rubs that I recently bought and will be cutting, polishing, and valuing with you today. What is an opal rub? Besides being the sound some frogs make, a rub is a term used for a preformed opal. An opal rub is the stage between a rough and polished and has been rubbed slightly…

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I smoked an Ethiopian opal

Smoke treating an Ethiopian opal

Ethiopian opal is beautiful but very different to Australian opal. Today, I show you how Ethiopian opal can be treated to look like glass or even turned black! Quick and important disclaimer: the opal in this video is hydrophane opal, most of which comes out of Ethiopia, not sedimentary opal, which is what Australian opal is. I get questioned daily on whether an opal is real or fake, worth the money or a waste of time and I get it! Buying a gem online can be confusing; there are so many marketplaces, listings, types, and prices. Ethiopian opal is a beautiful gemstone, often used as a cost-effective way to make…

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