Opal cutting is an enjoyable activity for many people, that range from hobbyists to professional opal cutters.
As a cutter, it’s exciting when you discover a top gem in the opal rough. Experiencing the joy and pleasure of being the first person to see the opal colours emerge from the rough after millions of years is incredibly satisfying.
But before you start, we recommend that you get to know some very important information about opal cutting. We want to make sure that you enjoy this fun experience in the safest possible way. Information worth knowing are the dangers of opal cutting, even experienced cutters should check their cutting and polishing equipment regularly.
It is important to understand the basics of Opals first, so head over to our Opal channel to learn about the different types of Opals before you go wild and buy rough.
Enjoyable video to view with simple to follow practical information from cutting opals by hand, doping opals on sticks and some treatment methods
Easy to follow process explained in detailed so you can clearly see the color bars in this lightning ridge rough specimen. View the beautiful fire opals Riley cut and polished from the rough
Thank you to 53Frogs for creating videos above.
Learn how to work around a problematic black spot in a gem stone!
Opal cutters headaches, take the gamble with Pete !
Watch as Miki shows every step of cutting boulder rough opals!
Live cutting of a piece of boulder rough, see how many stones we can get out of it!
New cutters should note that all rough photos are taken wet in order to help best showcase the colors.
‘Black Opal Empress’ Cut from Rough to a $30,000+ Polished Stone
Taking The Sand Spot Out Of A Black Opal
Black Opal - Opal rough cut & polished from start to finish
Cutting Yowah Rough Opals
Phil From Opal Hunters - Shows How To Cut And Polish Boulder Opal
White Cliffs Rough Crystal Parcel | Facing The Opals
Cutting And Polishing A Coober Pedy Opal
A Closer Look On Allan’s Rise Rough Opals
Before & After Transformation Of Black Rough To Polished | Big Red Opal
Black Opal Transformation | From Rough To Polished
Opal Rough Compilation | Amazing Before & After Cutting Rough Opal
These Black Opals Will Surprise You | Before & After From Rough To Polished
Boulder Opal Cutter’s Work Bench
View 3 Rough Opal’s Cut To Expose Stunning Stones
Natural Rough Opal
Splitting Boulder Opal
Cutting Yowah Rough Opals
Cutting A Large Black Opal From Lightning Ridge
Cutting Two Pieces of Rough Opal
Cutting a Gamble Nobby From Lightning Ridge
Matrix Galaxy Opal
How To Cut A Slab Opal
Black Opal “Glowing Embers” Cut From Rough To Polished Stone
Would You Gamble $2000 For This Piece Of Opal Rough?
Black Opal - Opal Rough Cut & Polished From Start To Finish
Green and Orange Flash In A Black Opal | Opal Cutting Transformation
First Time Cutting Opal | Yuka From Japan
Opal Rub Parcel | Amazing Red Fire Color
Live Cutting | From Rough To Finished Stone
Boulder Opal Cutters Work Bench
Cutting A Gamble Nobby From Lightning Ridge
Here are some of our suggestions on what the best opal is to learn opal cutting. Rough opal is a popular choice from Australia, as well as Black opal, Boulder opal and Ethiopian opal rough.
Boulder Matrix Opal | Hidden Colors Revealed
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Boulder Matrix Opals | Hidden Colors Revealed
The Many Faces Of Boulder Opal
See Andamooka rainbow matrix rough and Queensland fairy opal being treated to look like expensive black opal. The stone were pre shaped before we put them in the vacuum. You can also use sugar instead of oil. We don't use any acid in this process.!
Detailed instructions and hints and how to make a triplet opal.
Detailed instructions and how to make a opal doublet with many tips.
Detailed information on how to orientate opal rough with heaps of cutting tips for beginner to advanced cutter.
First decide what type opal rough you want to cut, and then... Watch this video with some of the best tips about Opal Cutting. And tell us about your cutting experience!
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