Opal Magic: Variations in flashes of colour are what make these misunderstood gems most valuable

Author : Duncan Parker

Opal is a fascinating gem. It’s the constantly changing gem that got me into this constantly changing world of gems and jewellery. I had a great uncle in Australia who, in retirement, took up lapidary work and became an accomplished opal craftsman. He had a shed, as do all self-respecting Australians—a place where he could take a beer out of the refrigerator and get to work on tinkering. His tinkering was building machines and cutting and polishing opals with them. I used to go over on weekends, and destroyed loads of perfectly good opals.

Published Date : 23 Jul 2021
Page : 3
Publisher : Rive Gauche Media II Inc.
Category : Geology & Gemology
Source : Canadian Jeweller Magazine : Vol.133 No.4 (Jun.-Jul. 2012), p.50-52
Available : Unlimited

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050 b : Published Year 
2012 
100 a : Author 
245 a : Title 
Opal Magic: Variations in flashes of colour are what make these misunderstood gems most valuable 
260 b : Name of publisher 
Rive Gauche Media II Inc. 
260 c : Date of publication 
June-July 2012 
300 a : Total pages 
520 a : Description 
Opal is a fascinating gem. It’s the constantly changing gem that got me into this constantly changing world of gems and jewellery. I had a great uncle in Australia who, in retirement, took up lapidary work and became an accomplished opal craftsman. He had a shed, as do all self-respecting Australians—a place where he could take a beer out of the refrigerator and get to work on tinkering. His tinkering was building machines and cutting and polishing opals with them. I used to go over on weekends, and destroyed loads of perfectly good opals. 
650 a : Subject 

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