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Author Topic: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?  (Read 3993 times)

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ileney

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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2016, 03:33:37 PM »

Thank you! I sent you an email.
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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2016, 08:41:18 PM »

If the carving doesn't produce the results you're looking for, there is another option. A gentleman who has made a lot of money in the opal business once told me sometimes it's better to cut a "smaller, higher value stone" from a larger one with a problem.

The per-carat price wouldn't come into play so much with a triplet, but his advice has proven to be true many times over the years - especially if you can cut two or more smaller ones from the large piece.

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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #17 on: September 30, 2016, 10:27:02 AM »

I know you are right about cutting them down, but I hate to do it!  In this month's cab contest, you can find one I just completed (or almost completed) where I opted to keep it a large stone even though it has a pinpoint sandstone spot remaining, figuring I can hide it in the setting. I ordered the nova points and may hit it again and hope there is opal below, but the sandstone may go all the way through. I also could have made it a calibrated stone but opted to go for a bigger, roughly oval, face instead. I know that often calibrated stones sell better if you are just selling the stones and not the finished jewelry.
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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #18 on: September 30, 2016, 10:43:18 PM »

I have seen some really nice opal carvings. Kinda like folks cut fire agate. Un-traditional for opal but appealing

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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2016, 08:01:49 PM »

Yeah, some reeeally nice opal carvings have been featured in various threads here on the forum.

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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2016, 06:42:23 AM »

Thank you Christopher Anthony! I received my new bits in the mail and am eager to get started!
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Re: HELP! How do I fix an Opal with a dead spot?
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2016, 12:51:26 AM »

Glad to hear they made it to you safely :)
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