Buying rough rubs and cut stones, most of the buyers come to lightning Ridge.
Buying opals sellers have shops others own homes , and many stay at motels or friend’s homes. If they have a sign out the front stating that they are buying either rough or rubs or maybe both then just walk in with your recent find and wait your turn to show them . It will be up to you and the skills you have will determine the money that you come out with, obviously a town like the Ridge, gem usually always sells at a good price it is only the low grade cut stones and commercial stones that take some wheeling and dealing to obtain the best outcome.
Buying opals we design jewelry using opals in the design, you can have all the colors of unique rare and different gemstone from around the world in one jewelry design. Graham Black Opal offers clients free of charge when purchasing stone over $191. His jewelers will hand make professional goldsmith design jewelry to suit the gemstone purchased ,clients personal designs excepted also, we include free insurance and postage to your home.
Opal from Lightning Ridge three mile field have been recognized of the highest quality . We have the only mine lease, listed on State Heritage Register List as an item of environmental heritage in LEP National Trust of Australia Register.Submission read “Opal More rarely, specimens contain precious opal” and these are surely among the most beautiful natural objects on earth. The opal is of the highest quality, characterized by red/black gems of superlative brilliance, in every conceivable pattern – including harlequin, picture stones and Chinese writing.
Buying opals,black opals.
Rough in particular driving out on to the fields is always a good way to start its always best to drive out to the most recent rush and of course the business is done in hard currency cash. I have seen people buyers opal putting large signs on their cars which will in turn attract miners with opals, it is usually a casual business transaction a miner will just say to buyers are you interested in rough, and the answer back usually is not at the moment or you will often hear from experience middle men the reply maybe I will have a look if you do not mind.
Obviously then it is up to you if you have a lot of skills in purchasing opal then take your time and have a good look, the miner in most cases will have a price he is asking and well the rest is between you and him to talk business
Buying rough parcels out on the fields please do not insult the the miner as he works very hard and will go for a long time between finds his l. And he might get very angry if you knock his parcel, and as you are a long way from any law officer, you could be uncomfortable driving to the hospital to have some treatment. A softener up is to have some cold beers in the car, this often relaxes the miner and puts you in a better light.
Buying rough this is the most difficult to master the best buyers are usually cutters who had spent many years cutting and orientating parcels of opals. You must realize that black, is very different from crystal , and Queensland bolder again is different to cut you need different types of cutting machinery. And there are many different bolder fields around in the State of Queensland. They are all a bit different please remember the more parcels of rough you get to see before cutting and polishing the better and of course the finished gemstone product will let you know how successful your judgment is and if you are improving or not.
Rubs tools of the trade a very good set of magnified glasses and experience on the subject along with your hard currencies preferably Australian dollars. Experience counts here a good hard look at the opals, rubs they are not polished the rule they lose size some very fine scratches made not come out of the face of the therefore you will have to cut the stones again. If the opals are quite small then they are down valued particularly under one carat.
Buying cut opals and polished this is not a easy profession unlike sapphires ,rubies and diamonds. These particular gemstones if they are all facet a particular way and are all the same dimensions and clarity then it is not so difficult to price. Unlike opals you very rarely have a matching pair for examples two opal shaped the same either symmetrical or free-form. It is nearly impossible to find two stones with the same pattern and color play and of course matching weights. This is why good buyers are very rare it is truly a specialist profession they also need to keep up with the International price and also domestic mining price.