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I re-refaceted this Mexican Opal to remove the chip

Mexican Opals have a beautiful orange color, but they chip easily.

I needed to re-facet the end of this stone to remove the large chip.

Photo of a faceted oval orange Mexican Opal with a chip on the left side.

Orange Mexican Opal with a chip in the pavilion

You can see the large chip on the left side of the stone which runs toward the culet.

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Photo of the same oval faceted Mexican Opal with a different view of the chip.

Another view of the chip

You can see that it is a fairly deep chip.

I explained to the jeweler that it would be necessary to shorten the length of the stone by a bit in order to get rid of the chip.

They were ok with that and told me to go ahead with the repair.

Shows the pavilion of the faceted Mexican Opal which has been repaired.

The repair is finished

You can see how I have repaired the pavilion and matched the facet pattern so that it looks like the stone was never chipped.

Photo of the top of the faceted Mexican Opal which has been repaired.

Top view of the stone

After shortening the stone, it was necessary to adjust some of the crown facets on the end of the stone in order to make the girdle the proper thickness.

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

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