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What’s inside the nobby opal: Part 2

Cutting and grading rough opal nobby

Last week I explained in detail the features of rough opal nobbies and what to look out for. This week I’ll show you exactly what we get out of the piece of rough opal by cutting that very piece. We spoke about the white cap on the top and the other features that makes most opal people go weak at the knees. The video does do a quick review but you can read more here. In this video I expose the gems secrets and critique the nobby opal. In addition cutting and critiquing I also estimate a value which I know is useful as you all keep asking me to do it!…

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Making decisions on what shapes to create with rough crystal opal: Part 2 video

Finished Crystal opals form Anadamooka

In todays video Justin shows us the results of the rough crystal opal which he sliced instead of polished.  He decides to cut several pairs and the results are spectacular. As you can see the difference between a cutter and a master cutter is knowing which way an opal will face best and how to bring out what many people call the “fire” or play of colour of an opal. If you missed the first video here it is too.

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