Gary  Calvert

Gary teaches opal cutting in Des Moines, Iowa. He has taken opals classes at William Holland from Joe De Pietro, Sarah Lee Boyce and Cheryl Kasper. He has also assisted teaching opals with Cheryl Kasper at William Holland. Gary recently retired after 48 years in banking. Gary & his wife Georgia are dealers in gem shows in Iowa & Minnesota as Rising Sun Gems & Jewelry.

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Opals I - Gary Calvert
Students will learn to cut a variety of opals. It includes introduction to the equipment & supplies used to cut common opal, Mexican Opal & Australians Opal including Boulder & material from Coober Pedy, Mintabie & Lightning Ridge. A kit including several opals is included in the lab fee. Additional opal rough and extra supplies are available for purchase. Students may also bring their own opal. Experience using cabbing equipment is helpful but not a prerequisite. You must wear eye protection: glasses or an Optivisor.

Lab Fee: $60.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $20+
Prerequisites: None

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