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The Opals you see on this website have all been hand carved by Justine Buckley, an extremely talented and award winning professional opal carver. Justine has been carving opals for more that 18 years now, and is very particular about the final shape and polish on her opals.  They are mostly what we call, free form undulated or carved 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. Justine 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!

By grinding the unnecessary opal away, she then needs to look at the opal and find a nice balance between the opal that is displaying and an aesthetically pleasing shape. Justine has also been a jeweller previously, so creating the opal shape that will also be able to be set into jewellery is important. The polishing of each piece takes time, working with diamond paste and diamond paper, each piece must be worked over and over again, creating a smoother and smoother surface, until at last a beautiful polish is achieved. ‘To me, an opal carving is the best way to display this magnificent stone. Bringing out the colours and the natural shape of an opal is exciting and creates a most unique and naturally stunning piece. I feel that I work hand in hand with mother nature to bring out the best in an already stunning medium’ Justine Buckley

 

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Product no.: BBC160C

Absolute stunning rich red on black opal carving. There will NEVER be another one like this!

$35,000.00

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Product no.: BBC682ST

Nice large, hand carved opal. Only a slight undulation to this opal, beautiful greens and blues.

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Product no.: NC280ST

Lovely green and blue opal carving. Simple shape to create a stunning pendant. Triangular shape that looks a little like a heart.

$280.00

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Product no.: BBC1354ST

This hand carved opal is double sided with some gem colours on both sides. Awesome opal! Interesting Shape.

$230.00

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Product no.: NC200

Lovely Hand carved double sided opal. Every Opal carving is unique, and this is no different.

$200.00

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Product no.: NC200St1

Lovely light greens with blues and touches of orange. Simple shape with a difference. It would make a lovely pendant.

$200.00

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Product no.: BBC1870ST

Large and very bright free form hand carved opal. Huge range of colours....beautiful! Perfect pendant opal.

$5,500.00

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Product no.: BBC1846ST

A real New Zealand Maori feel to this carving. Stunning Gem greens and blue. Very very unique.

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Product no.: BBC1847ST

Stunning large free form opal carving.....to me it looks like a parrot, to you it could be anything...but to everyone, it's stunning!

$4,500.00

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Product no.: BBC1831ST

A large oval, perfect for a pendant. It has been undulated (Justine Buckley) to follow the natural colour. 

$2,900.00

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Product no.: BBC2082ST

Stunning Large very bright Black opal carving. Increadable range of colours from every angle.....one off piece!

$25,000.00

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Product no.: BBC1842st

Rich green unique opal carving that is everything you want. Stunning colours in this Black Opal

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Product no.: BBC2113st

Sweet Love heart shaped opal for the romance in your life. Give the gift of love....opal is the stone to enhance that love.

$2,200.00

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Product no.: BBC1383ST

Beautiful, concave opal carving. Bright Oranges with lime green, darker green and so much more.

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Product no.: PB58C

Electric Geen Concave Carved opal on black with awsome orange/blue colour changes, So perfect for a pendant that will be a show stealer.

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Product no.: BBC1038ST

Hand carved to it's natural amazing shape. So much better and brighter in real life. A real stunner!

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Product no.: PB109C

Rich Red on Black hand carved opal. Has many other colours and is a dark mysterious beauty. Great size and great price.

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Product no.: PB135C

Lovely Multi coloured carved opal, Perfect for your ring design. Very pretty and flashy as you move it around.

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Product no.: BBC1419C

Free form hand carved.  Unique and amazing colour play…on both sides. Simply stunning for a pendant.

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Product no.: BBC1357ST

Amazing and unique. This Hand carved opal has an incredible design to it. Must have! Stunning Pendant piece.

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Product no.: BBC1359ST

Light/Grey opal carving with red green and orange colour. So pretty. Large enough for a wonderful Pendant.

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Product no.: NC350

Massive hand carved opal that would REALLY make a statement Pendant. Very Bright and very Green.

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Product no.: BBC1376ST

Gem Colours in this hand carved Opal. Wonderful shape and easy to set. Bright greens, with small amount of red.

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Product no.: BBC1838ST

Stunning, super bright opal carving....looks like a fish maybe!? or see what you will in it!!

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Product no.: BBC626st

Hand Carved Love Heart Opal. Brilliant Rich Green opal for the love in your life! Carved by Award winning opal carver.

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