Repairing a broken opal by adhering the pieces back together is not
an ethical practice.
Gerry, I respect you a great deal, but for the first time I have to
disagree with you. It depends on the situation. If it is a piece being
sold in a jewelry store, or as a new piece of first-rate jewelry, this
statement does apply. If it is a piece of personal jewelry or heirloom
or something not-for-sale, I would disagree.
If Aunt Martha whacks her opal on the kitchen sink, or a student
cracks a stone setting one of his or her first bezels, I feel cosmetic
recovery is not unethical. If they were to turn around and sell that
item on eBay however (to intertwine another thread), that’s another
I’ve seen the strip of metal in the stone (or over the crack) to
recover from a break, and it always strikes me as, “Gee, someone broke
a stone…” I would rather replace the stone with a new one (maybe use
the old one for inlay pieces) or cosmetically repair it to look as
uninjured as possible.
Just one person’s opinion. I still appreciate and respect yours!