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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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Little nobby with huge potential

Upon my first observation of this nobby, I could see some incredibly bright color breaking in and out of the rough.The color bar looks thick, but it does wedge down a bit on the sandy side.I am confident this is a little nobby with huge potential! Join me in the video below to see the journey of this flashy little opal and see what we uncover. Where We Started Going in, I’m hoping to cut a 1.20ct to 1.50ct gemstone and if not, the color I am seeing will give me enough satisfaction.I-spy potch and it’s black — just underneath that is the color bar, yes!!I get so excited when…

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Let’s map this out again

Map of Australia

When I came across this piece of rough opal, its organic shape struck a similarity to the map of Australia and who doesn’t want an opal that is shaped like Oz? With the sand wreaking havoc on my intended map of Australia I have to restrategize my approach to cutting this beautiful piece of Lightning Ridge opal.There is a visible line of potch running through the middle, so slicing it seemed to be the most logical place to start — goodbye Oz!Mother Nature had only lightly painted this piece of rough opal with color and as I grounded each piece I was rapidly losing color…eeeek! If you think we’re in…

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