Learn tips and tricks on how to cut Australian Black Opal.
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This video shows seam opal from Lightning Ridge which is generally flat, so the opal cutter has to make decisions to cut it into smaller stones
Gambling stones don't always pay off. Its a known fact that a lot of rough from Lightning Ridge doesn’t always cut as good as it looks in the rough. When buying rough parcels be sure to study it before cutting. Practice on lower grade rough before you cut more expensive stones.
Not many cutters will enjoy the pleasure of cutting rough to expose an amazing top black opal. Seller Paul has had many offers but is attached to keeping this opal
There are many types of opal from lightning ridge as it is made up of many opal fields. From Nobbys, seam to crystal.
Black Nobbys are rare now as most production is seam opal. The trick is to buy grey opal that cuts black centres. It is a gamble as you will not know till you start cutting the rough
Many cutters have to make the decision; do you slice an opal or Dremel drill it. Which one do you choose if the opal has dark potch showing?
This opal displayed a lot potential but watch Pete get disappointed while cutting. Still a bright clean opal is exposed.
Chris cuts down on red bars to display some beautiful red opals. Chris has been involved mining and cutting for 40 years and has a lot of experience so this video is defiantly worth watching.
Seda opals has been cutting black opals for over 30 years. Watch Paul & Peter cut this difficult black opal with heavy sand inclusions
This video shows how rare red opal is. Only one red opal in 100 kilograms of rough Opal.
This video shows two pieces of rough Opal from Lightning Ridge. They are labeled A and B. Can you pick which one will cut the best opal? One is very Disappointing!
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This video shows three rough opals from Lightning Ridge. Watch these quality Opals be processed. One has sand spot problem!
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