You’ve heard it said that the sweetest sound you can hear is the sound of your own name, and I guess that applies to everyone, even an ordinary bloke. But fancy being able to cut away at a stone which has been lying in the earth for untold thousands of years, and finding you’re very own initial inside the rock, highlighted in precious opal…. Then, as if that’s not enough, you find another one with your wife’s initial too.. Hard to believe?
Well, I have the pictures and the stones to prove it! This unique opal matrix is found in the Koroit field near the town of Cunnamulla in Western Queensland, Australia.
Although I have included quite a few detailed descriptions, this book on opal cutting and dealing, is not written primarily as a technical guide. I will leave that to the gemologists and the chemistry experts. It is written with the ordinary person in mind who does not really need to know a lot of technical data to learn how to cut, polish, and deal in opal.
I have though, given attention to basic terms that are associated with the stone and have tried to explain their meanings in everyday language so that you don’t have to keep looking up the dictionary. The book also tackles the challenge of how to turn your hobby into a business, for, after all, there’s no point having a lot of stones decorating your workshop while the bills pile up.
Working from home is the dream of many a hobbyist and with today’s revolutionary communication systems, there’s no reason why your hard work and fun in the garage cannot be turned into cash. Cash that can not only pay bills but also buy more sophisticated equipment to make your hobby even more interesting. After all, that’s just what happened to most opal cutters and dealers like myself, and if I can do it, nearly anyone can.
And then there is the aspect of gift giving. How much money is poured into the giving of gifts each year? Unfortunately, the credit card bills that mount up as a result of this cause no little frustration, leading to many unhappy family relationships. But if you can create your own line of jewelry for a very low price, you can have the pleasure of making someone very happy with a new pendant, ring, or bracelet. The appreciation for gifts like this is enhanced in the knowledge that the item is a personal gift from your own creative ability, not just something bought off a shelf.