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Cutting an interesting piece

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Cutting an interesting piece

Thu 7 Oct, 2010

A little while back, our Opal Cutter was presented with a nice challenge. A miner from Western Queensland brought in a beautiful big chunk of Pipe and Crystal Opal that needed to be observed, cut and polished.

After a bit of head scratching, our Opal Cutter went to work, bit by bit, unleashing a beautiful gem in the process.

So, here is the start...

After a long hard look, a large chunk is separated from the rest of the piece...

The piece of Crystal Opal, in an unpolished state...

And then, the finished product.  A stunning opal, we think you'll agree...