Posted 4 years ago
This opal was a gift from a dear friend more than a couple of decades ago. The opal measures 13cm x 18cm and is either 6/8 carats (I forget). My friend bought a couple hundred when he was in Australia back in 1969/70. He gifted me a lose stone and I had it set in 18k. As much as I love the ring, I do not wear it much anymore. A few days ago I decided to take a few pics in natural daylight and see if it still popped as it used too. Must say still does, but needs a polish. Frankly am scared to let anyone do it. After 20+years I had better decide to either polish or take the stone out of the setting and do something with the gold.
When I was gifted the stone it had a black card which read Lightning Ridge Black Opal, but have since been told it is from another mine. Either way, it still does what a good opal should do.
Question for any opal people.. Can any lapidarist lapidary polish this opal or do I need an opal specialsit?