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|Release date||27 January 2003 (Update)|
|High Alch||12 coins|
|Low Alch||8 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||84 coins (info)|
|An uncut opal.|
An uncut opal is a members only item, classified as a type of semi-precious gem in RuneScape. Uncut opals can be cut with a chisel resulting in an opal or a crushed gem. Successfully cutting an opal grants the player 15 Crafting experience, smashing grants 3.8. Opals are the lowest level gemstone, the most common, and are worth very little.
Opals are found mostly with the Mining skill, however only by mining a gem rock, which are located mostly Shilo Village although there are a few others found elsewhere. Uncut opals can also be found while panning at the Digsite near the River Salve, or they may be stolen from H.A.M members via the Thieving skill. There is usually a high supply of these items on the market, so trading with another player will also quickly produce them.
Processing and UsesEdit
Opals are sometimes used in bulk to train crafting, but this is slow, and will probably lose the player money. When cutting opals, many of the gems get accidentally crushed into a crushed gem. This continues to happen commonly even at high levels, resulting in only 3.8 Crafting experience. Opals are not used in the creation of jewellery, but are still used in the fletching skill. Using the chisel on an already cut opal will make 12 opal bolt tips (this operation will never smash a gem) and gives the player 2 Fletching experience per gem. Opal tips are used to tip bronze bolts which can then be enchanted.
From a sample of 3533 at 99 crafting, 70 were crushed. This would be roughly 2% crush rate at 99 crafting.
Cut opals may be sold to Gabooty's Tai Bwo Wannai Cooperative in Tai Bwo Wannai Village for 30 trading sticks, while uncut may be sold for 12. This may be explained by the fact that attempting to cut opals usually destroys many of them, increasing the value of opals that actually survive the cutting process. During the Digsite Quest, one of the NPC's asks for an uncut opal in return for some of the answers.