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Classic Runestone
Uncut opal
Uncut opal
Release date 27 January 2003 (Update)
Members? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 12 coins
Low Alch 8 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 183 coins (info)
Buy limit 1,000
Examine An uncut opal.
Weight 0 kg
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Uncut opal detail

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 by a player with level 1 Crafting 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 alhough 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 or purchasing from the grand exchange 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.

Cost of cutting opalsEdit

Uncut opal Opal Opal bolt tips (12)
Price Price Profit/loss Profit/Craft xp Price Profit/loss Profit/Fletch xp
183 157 -26 -2.17 48 -135 -10
  • The profit or loss for fletching bolts assumes starting with an uncut gem.
  • The Craft XP assumes the success rate given in the Opal article for level 50 Crafting.

Other usesEdit

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.

Dropping monsters Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
H.A.M. guard 12,18,22 1 Uncommon
Skeleton mage 83,16 1 Rare

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