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Saruman.." Moria... You fear to go into those mines. The
dwarves delved too greedily and too deep. You know what they
awoke in the darkness of Khazad-dum... shadow and flame."
JRR Tolkien.. Lord of the Rings

Shadow and Flame..it could be a precious pebble from the dark mines of Moria..this intriguing gem. Flickering subtly greens ,orange and purple from the deep.

The mysterious gem focal of this pendant is known as Mexican fire opal or more correctly, the Cantera Opal.
It is comparable to the Australian boulder opal as its origins are similar. It is found as small pockets or seams/veins of opal together with rhyolite matrix, the host rock, which is softer than the opal. The word cantera refers to the host matrix., a sandy pink colored natural stone where the opal is embedded.
These sepcimans are found deeper in the opal mines. If the cantera or matrix is cut away completely the stone will appear like a flash opal. These opals are difficult to mine as the rhyolite cantera can be very hard, and they are found by laboriously breaking the cantera by hand and looking for veins of opal.
The effect of the cut of these stones is wonderful..as if wearing a tiny piece of the mine.. the earth where it was born.

The artisan setting I created from hand forged and hammered brass and copper, the coloring achieved with a long process of heat treating and layers of patina. It is then sanded, scraped, sealed, waxed and buffed for a lasting and 'safe for the skin' finish.
Many hours of work for the focal to appear as if it 'grows' from the setting.

The 15mm opal in its brass/copper setting has total length of just over 2" (48mm) and hangs from a long 28" (70cm) black silk chiffon crinkle ribbon.
Closes with a copper artisan clasp with an earthy lava stone bead..can wrap around and fasten in the front for a shorter look. Last photo shows the backside.

Comes with its own MiddleEarths 'precious' pouch.


fire opal Shadow and Flame pendant artisan copper necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cantera opal, brass, copper, lava stone, silk chiffon
  • Ships worldwide from Portugal
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