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Repair Boulder Opal by re-shaping

A jeweler sent me this Boulder Opal which had been broken.

The best and really only way to repair a stone like this is to re-shape the broken side, keeping it as large as possible and contouring it in a way that makes it look like the stone was originally cut that way.

If the owner of the stone wants it cut into a different shape, then I do so. What ever the customer wants.

A freeform Boulder Opal with the left side broken

Broken Boulder Opal cabochon

In the photo on the left you can see that the Boulder Opal cab is broken on the left side.

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The boulder Opal has now been recut and repaired and the left side is smooth and polished.

Finished re-shaped Boulder Opal

Now you can see the left side of the Opal has been re-shaped and contoured to look like it was originally cut this way.

It is now ready to be mounted in jewelry. Or enjoyed as is.

If you have a cabochon which needs to be repaired, feel free to contact us for an estimate.

→ Take me back to examples of Cabs we have Repaired


Denton Anderson,
Gemologist & Gem Cutter
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Photo of Denton the gem cutter.

Graduate Gemologist, GIA, GG
Over 20 years of experience.