Opal Polishing and cutting video Welcome to our video blog post Click on the image to the right for the latest video all about the opal industry. Its a lot longer than my first video which was a smash hit with thousands of views, so thanks to everyone who come to watch. Opal cutting is […]
What holds a round topped stones such as an opal, security in a pendant or ring?
Lapidary Advice for cutters and repairers The term ‘lapidary’ refers to the art of cutting and polishing stone. Lapidary advice can be obtained on sites like this and also at Lapidary clubs where machines are often available to practice on. Check online in your area to find the closest club, or leave your comments in […]
Jewellers Please note that this is a duplicate of the article on ‘jewelers’ We have done this to make sure that people who use the English spelling ‘jewellers’ are not disadvantaged because of the different search term. Most people don’t realize but there are several specialized areas within the jewelry manufacturing process that are sometimes […]
Opal Cutting and Polishing Opal Rough is not as Difficult as you Might Think Opal Cutting and repair Tips – read the book Opal is one of the easiest stones to cut. The trick is chasing the color to make sure you approach the color from the right direction. Lapidary clubs are a good resource for […]
How to work on opal without special machines If you don’t have any machinery, you can do it by hand this way: You have to find a piece of opal that is not too large so that it can be handled easily and has a fairly flat or domed surface. Buy yourself some wet and […]
Opal Calibration Chart When you first get to know about cutting opals, the challenge is to be able to cut the stones in a perfect oval. After a while your eye gets used to it. You start using your fingers as a human lathe and you know just the right ‘touch’ as the dop stick […]