The Opals you see on this website have all been hand carved by myself, Justine Colville-Buckley, an International award winning professional opal carver. I have been carving opals for more that 27 years now, and I am very particular about the final shape and polish on my opals.
The process of 'carving' an opal is to seek out the natural shape of the colour displayed in the opal. This process is done by hand with a dental drill, diamond burs and a HUGE amount of patience. I feel I must first find the natural shape of the opal and its colour bar.
The three photos here show how a rough piece of opal can be transformed into a stunning carving!