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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
Noteable Yes
Value 20 coins
High alch 12 coins
Low alch 8 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 394 coins (info)
Buy limit 1,000
Examine An uncut opal.
Weight 0.003 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
394 290 -104 -8.67 36 -358 -26.52
  • 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. Guard32; 441Uncommon
Skeleton mage83; 161Rare


This item can be disassembled with the Invention skill.
Disassembly XP ?0.1
Item quantity required ?1
Base junk chance ?98.9%
Total materials received ?1
Possible materials
Clear parts Clear parts
Delicate parts Delicate parts
Smooth parts Smooth parts
Precious components Precious components
Light components Light components

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