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Paul Downing has combined, expanded and updated his award-winning titles into a new book completely bringing opal cutting up-to-date with new locations, new contacts and new example stones. Included are other gemstone projects like Chrysoprase, Agates, Tigereye, etc.

WHAT OTHERS SAY. . . .

MURRY WILLIS of AUSTRALIAN OPAL MINES reviews this new book as follows:
"The book written by the opal specialist Dr Paul Downing is probably the best instruction book on cutting of opals, setting, buying, the whole deal that I have ever seen. The opal folk of the world are so lucky that he has taken the time to write it. Dr Downing has been an opal dealer, he cuts, sets, sells and knows every aspect of the opal business and has been to the field a number of times in Australia.

I can highly recommend this book. In fact I think it is so good that if any of my customers spend $750 I am happy to give them a book, that's not really so generous because once they read it they'll want to try many different things and I'm sure that after looking elsewhere they'll realise that Australian Opal Mines is the best place to buy their opals be they rough, cut, carved or whatever.
AT $29.95 THIS BOOK IS A STEAL."

We highly recommend Mr. Willis; an honest and reliable source of rough opal. Please contact him through his web page: www.shed.com/aom/.



New Lapidary Book!
Opal & Gemstone Jewelry:
Cutting * Designing * Setting
 
by
Paul B. Downing, Ph.D.

Only $29.95
 
320 pages chock full of 306 color, b&w photos and diagrams.

     It's Time! Both award-winning books, Opal Cutting Made Easy and Opal Advanced Cutting & Setting are now Out-of-Print so Paul decided to include the content of both titles in a NEW EDITION.
     Instead of simply re-printing both titles, the decision was made to completely revise the two titles, expanding and enhancing the text to include ALL CABOCHONS...whether they be agate, chrysoprase, petrified wood, tigereye, etc. DON'T WORRY...Opal has two complete sections (beginning & advanced) which includes all the tips and tricks of the original books but includes updated locations, techniques and contact information.
     In his unique approach to teaching, Dr. Downing takes each of several agates and opals from rough through cutting and wax design to a completed piece of jewelry. The result of all the detailed, Step-by-Step instructions creates a book that will teach you everything you need to know.
Even if you have his original titles, you will find that this new book is in a class of its own.

More...Examples
More...Color Photos
More...Step-by-Step Instructions
More...Contact Information
More...of Dr. Downing's vast knowledge.


     A Beginner? Experienced Cutter? This book is for each of you. Dr. Downing begins with a beautiful piece of agate. You will follow along with both step-by-step instructions and photos so you SEE how to approach your first agate.
     Next you will proceed to cut other gemstones before advancing to the Opal Sections.
     With your stones cut, you will learn how to design a setting for each of the stones cut in the book. Again, you will follow along with accurate photos and diagrams, making sure you understand each step.
      With designs created, the final process is to set those gemstones into beautiful settings.
    
IT'S ALL COVERED IN THIS BOOK!
  
  

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YOU, TOO WILL LEARN HOW TO CUT STEP-BY-STEP.

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SOME OF THE AGATES CONSIDERED FOR CUTTING

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EACH OF THESE STONES IS INCLUDED IN THE BOOK AND HAS BEEN CUT, DESIGNED AND SET BY THE AUTHOR.