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Using a Tumbler to clean rough opal

Welcome to our first tip for 2013.We are so looking forward to this year and have some great ideas on rough opal and cut stones to share. We want to help you all grow your opal knowledge and well as your collections so get ready for lots of information to come your way!

This week’s tip focuses on rough opal.

How to clean rough opal with a tumbler

When you buy or mine opal it can often be covered in residual dirt that is way too hard to remove with normal washing. That is where a tumbler comes in handy. A tumbler is basically a barrel that sits in a small basket and is turned constantly over time. This process is similar to how we wash larger amounts of opal on site in an “aggie” or large concrete mixer.

In this video Justin shows you how to use a tumbler to wash your opal over a period of days so that you are left with more opal and less dirt and hopefully, lots more color that you can see!