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What do you say at that point? That sucks for you?
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on April 3, 2017
Yeah if you had touched it he might have been able to sue or something. Someone at the gift shop really should have warned him. Since I assume this was before the Internet it really would be hard to find that out by himself.
By: PT Dilloway on April 3, 2017
Oh, what a relief you hadn't yet touched it! How heartbreaking.
By: Mitchell is Moving on April 3, 2017
Oh my goodness! That poor man- lucky you for not touching it. Question: if a person has an opal and always wears it- is it safe from that disaster? Years ago I had a grandfathers opal stick pin set into a ring that I have always worn- is it safe from that disaster?
By: Kathe W. on April 3, 2017
I am actually speechless. I love opals and that one sounds so beautiful just like the picture you show here. I had no clue that is what one needs to do with an opal. I...am still speechless and feel horrible for the poor man and his wife. I wonder if they stayed married after this?? :)
By: Birgit on April 3, 2017
Imagine the conversation that follows when he tell his wife the Opal is gone!
By: Daniel LaFrance on April 3, 2017
It sucks when something that you prize breaks and falls apart. It's part of the impermanence of life I suppose. I might have been tempted to capture the dust and somehow suspend them in a glass bauble as a reminder that everything becomes dust in the end.
By: Michael Offutt on April 3, 2017
Oh, the disappointment of that poor man and his wife. Very lucky for you that it wasn't in your possession when it broke, though. I didn't know you had to store opals like that. I just did a search to see what kind of opal is in my earrings and could not believe how many different kinds there are!
By: jenny_o on April 3, 2017
Not only the Opal broke, so did a few hearts! A sad tale.
By: Tom Cochrun on April 3, 2017
Oh, what a tragedy.
By: Catalyst on April 3, 2017
How sad, i really feel badly for him.
By: messymimi on April 3, 2017
That's one of the saddest stories I've ever read. I might have somehow befriended that man's wife and she maybe might have left that piece of jewelry to me in her will because I never got the ring my mother promised me. She left it and the matching necklace to my niece. She was punishing me for something. I don't know what. But I take great pleasure in the fact that the amethyst in the ring (my birthstone, my mom's, and my niece's) had really faded. My daughter picked out a much nicer amethyst and diamond ring for me and made her father buy it. (We were still married. He stopped giving me jewelry when he married someone else. Now she gets my jewelry, I suppose.) Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on April 3, 2017
Some guys have to have nerves of steel. Obviously you had them. You would work with other valuable stones as well.
By: red Kline on April 3, 2017
This makes me very sad. Opals are my favorite stone.
By: Robyn Engel on April 3, 2017
NOOO!!! That's too sad! At least his wife still had a crooked toe to remind her of the trip.
By: Val on April 3, 2017
That is truly a sad story. But like you, I would have been grateful that I didn't touch it.
By: Rick Watson on April 3, 2017
I didn't know that about opals, but they are a favorite gem
By: Sage on April 3, 2017
Ouch what a horrible outcome. I'm glad that it wasn't your fault that it broke.
By: LL Cool Joe on April 4, 2017
Wow...what CAN you say after a scene like that?
By: Pixel Peeper on April 4, 2017
Clearly, it just wasn't his day.
By: Bryan Jones on April 7, 2017
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