The following opal books are available through this site and will be sent airmail when order (see details on how to order below)

"Guide to Black Opal"
In the unique new DVD Guide to Black Opal we are taken on a step by step opal cutting tour revealing the tips and tricks of three experts - each with over 30 years of opal industry experience.

Lightning Ridge commercial cutter Elisabeth Pal shows how to evaluate rough opal, dopping and cutting techniques, making calibrated stones and matched pairs, doing inlay into a ring and doublet making, as well as cutting the spectacular "red on black" featured on the cover into the 30 carat gem opal "Princess Mary".

Former President of the Opal Association Mike Burfitt shows how to cut difficult and baroque stones with a hand piece.

Finally long time opal wholesaler and Past President of the Opal Association Peter Evans compares a wide range of commercial black opals and explains how to determine wholesale value.

The DVD runs for 73 minutes and covers the following:

Chapter 1: Introduction - what is a black opal
Chapter 2: Evaluating rough opal - nobby, seam & fossil
Chapter 3: Overview of equipment
Chapter 4: Dopping and Removing Stones
Chapter 5: Cutting a gem "red on black" into the "Princess Mary"
Chapter 6: Making Doublets
Chapter 7: Calibrated and Small Stones
Chapter 8: Cutting Matched Pairs
Chapter 9: Doing Inlay into a Ring
Chapter 10: Tips for a Well Cut Stone
Chapter 11: Using Small Tools
Chapter 12: Valuing opal

This DVD is a visual feast for opal lovers. As a European customer said about the cutting of Princess Mary: "da fallen jedem von uns unter Garantie die Augen heraus!" which means roughly ".. guarantee everyones eyes will fall out!". Most people never get to see gems of this quality, let alone see them getting cut from a difficult piece of rough with such exceptional skill.

Another customer said.. "I just reviewed the DVD you sent and it was very well done and the cutter was very very good. Elisabeth Pal ahd been cutting opal for some time and it showed. Her steady hand at splitting that huge opal to get the Princess Mary stone brought goosebumps on my back. I have never sliced an opal that big. The rest of the DVD was very well done.. Again, thanks for allowing me to see the learning process about black opal, not normally found elsewhere.

The DVD is currently available in PAL format which suits the following Countries :
Czech Republic
Hong Kong
New Zealand
Slovak Republic
United Kingdom

It is IS NOW AVAILABLE in NTSC format which suits the following Countries.

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Australia AUD $29.95 plus $2.50 postage
(includes GST)

US and Canada US$25 plus US$5 postage

Europe Euro €20 plus Euro €10 postage.

"The Opal Smartchart"

For opal professionals, traders or collectors this CD by long time opal industry expert Peter Evans is indispensible. It provides a structured process for valuing opal as well as a tremendous reference section on the characteristics of all opal varietes.
Click this link to see more details of this unique product. THIS GUIDE IS OUT OF PRINT

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Australia AUD $145 plus $5 postage
(includes GST)

US and Canada US$145 plus US$10 postage

Europe Euro €120 plus Euro €10 postage.

"Black Opal - A Comprehensive Guide to Cutting and Orientating" US$95

This amazing opal cutting video and book package by Greg Pardey, long time cutter to the Australian opal industry, has just been released (November 1999). This package sets a new standard for opal cutting information and is a must for both serious opal cutters and beginners. In the video he demonstrates his unusual spin and hatch shaping and polishing technique, cutting an extremely difficult nobby into two beautiful gems and shows how to cut solids doublets and triplets .

This is backed up with the book, that offers numerous valuable photographs and tips on equipment and the idiosyncracies of Lightning Ridge black opal. Hardcover book, 204 pages, video in box bookshelf package. Normally $125 This 1 kilo package is now only U$95 plus $15 postage! NSTC for USA only available (No PAL format).

"Turning Back Time" US$15
A short history of Lightning Ridge by local historian Barbara Moritz with maps and photos of historic buildings and mines. Paperback, 25 pages - U$15 plus U$7 postage
"Australian Precious Opal - A Guide Book for Professionals" US$25
This resource book for opal professionals by Andrew Cody outlines opal varieties, with numerous detailed photographs demonstrating ranking with price guide by type (light/dark base), fire level and play of colour. Paperback, 65 pages U$25 plus U$7 postage
"Increasing the Knowledge of the Occurrence of Opal - 1st National Opal Mining Symposium March 1999)" US$10
Papers include "Controls on Opal Formation at Lightning Ridge", by John Watkins reviewing the geology of opal formation; "The Presence of Carbon in Lightning Ridge Black Potch" by J A Webb, P J Pilgram, K Prince, B Gong, S M Scott. U$10 plus $7 postage.

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