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Black opal vs. Colorful crystal opal

    my particular point of annoyance is jewelers identifying a
certain opal as "black opal" which is not black opal but usually a
fine colorful crystal opal. 

It seems recently at every show I’ve done, I have at least one
customer come up to admire my opals and tell me about the huge (like
the fish that got away), spectacular black opal they used to have
that has either been lost, stolen in some other way removed from
their possession. Based on the frequency of these tales, you’d think
black opal was the most common form, or this one opal keeps moving
from owner to owner. Unfortunately, none of these people seem
especially compelled to replace their missing treasure! :frowning:

Tales from the trenches…

All the best,


Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)