We sell faceted fire opal for about $20-30.00/ct on a good stone (1.5-10
cts.- good color, cut, clarity -) , and we sell cabs in matrix with good
color play from about $ 10 - 25 each.
In order to know if you are paying the correct amount for the rough figure
it this way :
cost of rough material x 3 (for material loss) + cutting cost = cost per stone
Since the average cutting cost is about $15-20/cab and $10.00/ct for
faceting, the rough per cab should be no more than $5.00 and the rough
should be no more than about $5.00/ct. for faceting material.
With fire opal you really have to trust your rough source and find an
experianced fire opal cutter. Even the best cutter cannot cut bad rough
and even good facetors/cabbers may not be able to cut fire opal properly.
Sometimes its easier to buy cut stones unless your a cutter. Jordan @ JD