Thank you guys for the advice on the opal! The seller ended up
offering to exchange the opal for just a little more in price for an
opal that I had originally looked at, but that was way too expensive
for me at first! I jumped at that. But I will keep in mind what you
guys said about the super glue and opticon for other opals in the
future if there’s a similar issue. And this crack really was too
small to get anything inside it.
And Steve, I’m glad to find a fellow Ethiopian opal admirer. I love
ALL opals, but these ones have really taken me in with their colors.
And like I said in the other post, they’ve taken way more abuse than
the Australian opals I’ve had. And most people find them
breathtaking. But I still find objections from other jewelers. I
made a really elaborate pendant in 18 and 22K gold with a nearly 9
carat honey Ethiopian opal in the center, surrounded by a gold snake
and tsavorite and mandarin garnets. Yeah, I love over-the-top. I
went to a respected local jeweler’s shop to see if he would sell it
for me. He loved the piece, said I did quality work, but acted like
the opal was nearly worthless because it was an Ethiopian. He said
he could only value the opal at what I paid for it. And what he
would sell the piece at, I would make no money because he of course
would have to take half. His taking half is fair because it’s his
store, but I think his valuation of the opal was way off. He said
that his valuation of the opal was in part because he knew nothing
of them, and he didn’t think anyone wanted to know about them and
that the market would never be there. He was a very talented,
old-school jeweler, but I think his idea about Ethiopian opals and
new stones is shortsighted. So here’s another question for you
guys… what do you think of that jeweler’s " and many others’ "
view on the value of Ethiopian opals and new gems in general? In
reality, all gems are just pretty stones " as gold is basically just
a shiny metal " and our value on them is completely and subjectively
fabricated in ours and the general public’s minds by all sorts of
factors that have nothing to do with human survival, including in a
large part to just clever marketing. Please feel free to move this
to another thread if needed. DISCUSS!
El, gingerly opening can o’ worms.