It's early July 2022, the Grace Opal brothers venture up to God's country to see what we can achieve in our quest to find enough opal to retire and go opal mining / gardening and fishing (when it's 45c in the desert).
In this video we find spectacular opalised shells as featured in our last video, progressing through to the painstaking decision to slice one for inlaid doublet pendants and cut the other into a classic solid crystal opal cabochon. It’s never easy as opal is as unpredictable as the vagary’s of ancient moisture. Fortunately we manage to eek in a beautiful stone in spite of some threatening inclusions and a rapidly diminishing super gem bar of colour across the top. All up, very happy with the finished result! Hopefully we share a few useful tips for old school lapidary methods. Thanks for watching!
In February 2021 the Grace Opal brothers (World Class Opal and Kimberley Opal respectively) went pillarbashing once again on our Old 15 Mile claim. How is the serenity underground scratching out stunning gem opalised shell skins. This little pocket turned some absolutely gorgeous jewelry and all has been sold.. This material never lasts long and is getting incredibly hard to find. This particular pocket came from one of the last pillars, in one of the last big underground mines, on one of the last big worked out run fields, on the last freely accessible precious stones field on earth. Thanks for watching!
The Grace Opal brothers return in early March 2022 to pillarbash in hopes of getting the kitty back in the black. No fortunes were found, but decent wages were made and nobody has to apply for work with a boss, so, no complaints! 😁 #outbackopalhunters#opalmining