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 Post subject: Is there Synthetic Opaline yet?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:57 pm 
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Has anyone managed to create even a Fair Quality Nacre? (Mother of Pearl?)

I know Scientists had a Breakthrough fairly recently:

http://news.discovery.com/tech/artifici ... pearl.html

But haven't heard anything Since.

Looking for something that can be purchased reasonably affordably, in big enough slabs to make Knife Handles, Pistol Grips, and small Netsuke' Sized Sculptures from.

Needn't be Slavishly indistinguishable from the real thing, but sould have good Iridescence.....

No plastic or micarta..... :(

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 Post subject: Re: Is there Synthetic Opaline yet?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 12:35 pm 
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Hello,

As far as gems go, opaline is an opal simulant made of glass.

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 Post subject: Re: Is there Synthetic Opaline yet?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 15, 2012 6:44 pm 
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Re: artificial nacre's marketing/availability, read the last paragraph of this article

http://www.michigandaily.com/content/mimicking-oysters

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