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$5k invested in rough opal. Do I make a profit from my opal hunting?

Nov 22, 2021
if there is such a thing as a wild ride in gem cutting this is the best day and welcome to black

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direct my name is justin well last week we were in the opel mining fields and i took them for a little run th

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um of how we get our

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from miners and i have this little piece here that looks really promising is that it really was a high risk stone and still is because i haven't tried to cut it but let's try today and hopefully it cuts something really nice now it shows some marijuana but i'm not sure if the pot is really going to be right on the other side of the stone to give it a nice black back there's a lot of parts to me so a lot of risky unknowns in this piece I don't know until we've cleaned all that sand around the edges all I know is there's a really nice green and blue color on one side and on the other side there's a little tiny appears a little hint of green which which tells me that the color bar goes straight th

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gh, but whether it's clean or not is a whole different matter, so we'll have to clean up the part on the wheel a bit first to see what happens where and how it works but of the money that I paid for it to what it is is that it's very high risk but if I can get three to four carats if I get more I'm winning but four carats on this kind of color I think I might be in the break even so we'll see what happens it's a real risk and I'm very nervous so I hope I don't

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my money and this is going to be a challenge that's for sure so let's get in that wheel and start cleaning this up good , so this is where the big risk starts if it shows that green right through the sand I just don't know so I won't know until I start grinding so I'm going to start by removing the sand around those edges and see what happens from there, let's get the wheel rolling. put some water on the wheel so I need to take this real slow because we're talking about Enter a lot of money here okay so you can see a color appear there which is a good sign the color is just thin there so far, so we expect that color bar to open up a bit more.
5k invested in rough opal do i make a profit from my opal hunting
This time I've decided to take you through the whole process nice and slow so it doesn't bend quickly and you can see exactly what I'm thinking and doing so it doesn't look great so far but that's a very very color nice you can see there's a bit of a thatch pattern there and a flash of rolling slab so while the color bar is thick on that side it's starting to thin out on that side with all that sand it's very worrying and what I expect it's further in that sand it's going to become fancy that's the whole point of looking at the stone right now it really doesn't look good there's so much sand in this piece I actually didn't think it would produce much of anything it was so stressful it just didn't i could believe i paid so much money for all that sand what am i going to do i guess there is no going back now anyway doubting myself and my experience isnt really going to do me any good so i really need to use my knowledge that I have and go for e llo just be very careful come to the arena ahead the arena is a bit challenging hmm so this arena really needs to change from arena to poaching and it doesn't look good so far. on the rest of the stone that's going to be a total game changer so hopefully this is one of those pieces that I really need to stop and study and take my time because we started at 30 carats and it doesn't look like we're going to get much More than about three carrots by the looks of it and three carrots is a push so I'm a little bit distressed or stressed about this if it can turn a little more orange on top if I face it and it clears up then w We're going to be fine, but not making a lot of

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the pattern is actually quite nice it looks but i don't know how it's going to look countered so this is all still up in the air and i had to stop at the wheel and study it a lot run the flashlight through from it i can see there are some spots there so i don't know if that's grass or if that's actual sand inside the color bar too and the edge of a pot piece falls off at an angle so it's really hard try to figure out what to do with it, but o i think i need to clean it up a bit more to get a better idea about this piece but it's one of those hard wow if that color starts to show up everywhere then we're pretty happy but i don't have much hope that it stays that way what is about to pass will feed my family for the next year wow so its coming a little bit of orange in there a little bit of orange in there oh boy so oh my god understand that the color comes out just keep going i can't believe i can't believe the actual color showing through this piece well all it was doing was showing green mostly green and blue from the side and now it's facing orange so the challenge now is clean everything if that comes out clean um, we're in a different, totally different ball game and yeah this is very stressful because I just don't know if it'll come out clean oh my gosh so look this arena here it goes. and i potch now i need all that to go away so i can get a decent high and if that doesn't come out then i'm in a little bit of trouble so that's what i'm relying on is that coming out just trying to roll out that last bit of sand oh omg look at that color come on can you lighten oh wow yeah yeah oh my god thats ridiculous that was stressful it was a high pressure piece and i never expected that orange gold red oh my god i think we are on to a winner oh what a look in that color oh my gosh i wear a lot of that now that there is no pressure its clean i cant believe it wow wow wow now i can go for the biggest rock i can possibly get which is magnificent so this is one of those on very very rare times opal can look nice or look like it's going to be nice and then it turns out to be out of this world and that's what happens sometimes and it's very rare that blue green turns into orange and red and some fools do that and some nobbys don't they do it's very rare to happen but it does happen and when it does it's a game changer for value when that orange and that red go into one stone there's a big difference and we've hit the jackpot with this stone i paid a lot of money and i took a lot of risk and the payoff is amazing we're going to do really really good with this stone now and would you believe it's actually still 14 karats so we might be looking at a decent buff and a decent size stone so I'm blo wn far away and uh when things like this happen it's rare but this is what

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s it all worth it and uh i just count my lucky lucky stars that this piece turned out because there were stains inside that i thought weren't good and i thought they were going to get this stone down to about a two carat stone and oh my gosh were we wrong or was my hunch to buy it right but my doubts my inner feelings weren't 100 on this piece i just didn't I did it I don't know it was really a big gamble and it really paid off and I'm super super happy so I'm going to shape this now into a nice shape and we're going to go through the process of polishing this absolute beauty so happy, so i just studied this stone and um reassess it we're not out of the woods yet so if i turn off this light and turn on my flashlight i'll show you. there's a big spot you can see to the right there's that big potch spot I can't run into that color otherwise that color will be gone so we can't take it too far down otherwise we'll lose all that color there, so I have to be very careful, but go ahead. and up let's start again this is it as i put this gem into its final resting shape and prepare it for polishing i reflect on what he just put me through my heart stopped about 14 times and my nervous bladder made me get up and alot , but the risk to reward is pretty staggering, caution don't try this at home without a great set of gaming muscles or not prepared to lose it all because it can and does happen 90% of the time but what can help you is having the knowledge to pick the right pieces so there is less chance, less risk and more experience involved but still this gem made me beg for mercy we have our magnificent gem and its time we cut it so i need to find myself a really suitable stick which must be pretty big because it's seven carrots now and we'll get some new wax now that I've rubbed it in nicely 95 of the pressure is gone I can see what I've cut and I'm ready to polish it off so there really isn't much more risk to go except to enjoy the process sometimes so we finished this beautiful gem what a heartbreaking journey it took me on it's just beautiful there were no issues it just seemed to have fit perfectly with what i wanted it to do and the colors and patterns are insane i tell you it has a cat eye pattern it has a straw pattern it has the makings of a writing pattern in there it has a flagstone pattern it also has blue and green and orange almost red but more orange it's just a beautiful gem its body hue is around without the scale i would say it's around a n2 and the brightness is a five it's just a beautiful top gem only i won the lottery this week i really have anyway i have the scale right here i'm going to weigh it 6.42 carats wow wow 6.42 that's a nice size jam really very happy very happy let's go get the calculator 6.42 for 6,000 a carrot is worth 6,000 carats that's a 38,000 gem oh my gosh that was one of the riskiest stones I've taken in a long, long, long time and oh my gosh it was worth it I think this gem is worth celebrating, one made my day, absolutely you.
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