There are a lot of ways to cut an opal, but why is this opal cut wrong?
Today I have an opal rub, which is a piece of rough that someone has begun cutting. Sometimes I’ll get my hands on an opal that someone has already had a crack at, but for whatever reason, they’ve decided not to finish the stone.
I got this rub from a miner that had a go at cutting but I believe they’ve done it the wrong way. Did this cutter make a mistake? Can I fix it?
In today’s video, we’ll work on this stone together and answer some common opal cutting questions.
- Why do cutters keep potch on one side?
- How do I choose which side of my opal to face?
- What do I do if there’s a sand spot inside my opal?
After assessing the stone, I think there’s better color on the other side. It’s a risk, but I’m keen to give it a go.
The thrilling and terrifying thing about the lapidary life is that there are only a few moves you can make on an opal cut wrong before it’s wasted. There’s the potential to gain a lot by taking the stone further, but there’s also the potential to lose a lot, too.
A case of the grass is always greener? There’s only one way to find out!
Are you too eager to wait until the end? Here’s the final opal; a gorgeous 7.44-carat black crystal opal. You can see flagstone, chaff, floral, and broad flash pattern in this beauty with that 3D color-on-color that we love!