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Newbie question - polishing opals and others

Doug
user 11089779
Baltimore, MD
Post #: 1
Hello. As a child I used to polish agates and opals in my neighbor's basement. I would like to get back into it but have no idea as to the tools and the cost. How much does a gem cuting/polishing setup cost? Also, where can one acquire raw opals or other cool stones? Thanks for any input!
~Doug
A former member
Post #: 1
Hey Doug,
Email Wayne (Homens) directly, He's got experience in lapidary work. As for acquiring rough material for polishing, Ebay is one source although you should be forewarned that what you find there tends to be on the pricey side. Another source is Mindat, (http://www.mindat.org...­) and go to the message board, then to either Lapidary or Swap Shop and post a request for what you are looking for. Also check out Mike Streeter's site McRocks (http://mcrocks.websit...­) He has a "Online Rock Shop" that he and his wife run that has material very reasonably priced, also if you scroll down to the message board pages, you will find a "Buy, Sell and Trade" page where rough can be found at very reasonable prices.
Good Luck!
David Schoeberlein
Wayne H.
skipres
Group Organizer
Elkridge, MD
Post #: 28
Doug, I highly recommend that you come to a meeting. Our meeting sizes are small - 4-10 people, so we can talk about equipment and stones --- Bring some Opals with you :-)


Wayne
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