Author Topic: Crystal Opals to back or not to back  (Read 443 times)


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Crystal Opals to back or not to back
« on: January 07, 2018, 02:31:30 AM »
Hi, a little canvassing of opinion here.

Where you have obviously thin bits of opal you think are still very attractive, you can make a doublet out of them.  Fine.

Where you have a crystal opal that is thicker, say 2-3 mm, that could stand on it's own, are you tempted to make a doublet with a black base to bring out the colour, leave it 'as is', or is there a third option of just colouring the back of the stone dark?

Doublets must be declared as such, which is as it should be. 

What is the accepted norm in the industry of colouring the back of a stone?  Again, it would be declared as such, but what does it do to the value of the stone?

A solid crystal opal, vibrant colours with a dark ink / pigment on the back or the same opal without the ink / pigment; how would you value such stones? A naturally dark crystal of the same vibrancy would likely be more expensive but if a transparent crystal could be offered with a black back, would that detract from the value of offering it with no black back.

I suppose what I'm asking is will you depreciate the value of the crystal opal if you make the back black rather than add a traditional doublet back?

Or would you leave the option of the  coloured back to the stone setter?!



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Re: Crystal Opals to back or not to back
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 11:29:28 PM »
My attitude has been, find someone who wats the stone as is and move on with some black rough, doublets have their place, but people make that choice, when they purchase, it will not  damage my reputatatin as much if a doublet becomes unbounded as it will if I colour something in and  the colour runs, awa. I do believe it is ethical to use dark potch and oxide for a doublet but I would not personally set the doublet to save any question of my ethics, but that is just me :-)


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Re: Crystal Opals to back or not to back
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2018, 05:04:58 AM »
Cheers, RP

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