How do you choose between three color bars? That’s as hard as picking a favorite Harry Potter movie!
This monstrous opal piece presents a challenge; how do I know which of the three color bars to choose?
The top bar is glorious, so that’s an easy choice, but the two lower bars are where the real challenge lies.
I need to find the safest way to cut this gem without losing the best color, but I also want to know whether that middle bar is worth the risk.
If I leave the opal as it is, the final gem will be quite thick. A thick opal isn’t a deal-breaker, but it isn’t ideal. On the other hand, if I cut through to the second bar, I could completely lose a good color bar for one with less potential.
If I had any hair, I’d be pulling it out right now.
Let’s give it a crack, shall we?
The Final Gems
We uncovered a 25.11-carat gem dark opal with killer color and pattern on top. It’s a double-sided gem that is polished on both sides, the other showing some gorgeous Flagstone pattern in greens and blues.
In order to test the color bar, we ended up unveiling a triangle shaped 2.75-carat dark opal with the same stunning color sitting on top. The second color bar wasn’t as strong as the first, so I’m really glad I decided to test and measure before committing to the risk.