I was just purging my e-mail file and ran across your message
below. I meant to respond earlier and didn’t for some reason.
I’d be interested in learning more about your cabbing and
faceting rough. I do a bit of each in addition to metalsmithing.
I too specialize in opal-cutting when I can find good rough, a
growing problem – I started back in the good old days when top
rough was $60 oz. The problem: $60 then was like $3,000 to me
now! But when I was able to get a parcel from Australia it was
You mention custom cutting. Do you do custom faceting in
addition to opal-cutting? If so, e-mail prices and parameters.
Within the next year I hope to expand to the point I’ll need
occasional cutting beyond what I and my present cutters can
handle. I need virtuoso cutting, though. Proper angles, top
yield and polish, and ability to do barions, checkerboards,
opposed bar, etc. in a variety of shapes.