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Author:  arms [ Fri Nov 29, 2019 12:57 am ]
Post subject:  Polish or keep raw?

Hello,

Here is a specimen of ethiopian fire opal. Would you polish the stone up or just keep as is? Im scared the more i polish it, the more im changing it from its cool looking raw form. Do collectors prefer raw specimens or cleaned up ones? Any thoughts?

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Author:  Stephen Challener [ Fri Nov 29, 2019 1:01 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Polish or keep raw?

Hmm. That looks like it already has some surface crazing. If it is does Shewa it will not survive cutting--brown and black opals from there sometimes do, but oranges never do. I would not risk it.

Author:  arms [ Fri Nov 29, 2019 8:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Polish or keep raw?

Yes, right ftom shewa and got lots of crazing, better leave as is. Cheers

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