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Welcome to Australia                      (Boulder Opal Necklace)

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This unique necklace features Boulder Opal rectangular shaped beads and a tear drop shaped pendant. I used Moonstone beads with silver bead caps. The toggle is Thai Silver. This Necklace is about 29" in length and the pendant is about 1 1/2". #442

About this Stone:
One of the world’s most coveted gemstones, opal’s name evolved from the Roman opalus which was derived from the Greek opallios, meaning “to see a change of color.” The Greek word was a modification of the ancient Indian Sanskrit name for opal, upala, which meant “precious stone.” If one spoke in mixed tongues, then opal would be opallios upala, “to see a change of color precious stone.”

Boulder Opal is from Eastern Australia and has a pleasing contract of rich brown ironstone intermixed with seams of opal. These beads are mostly boulder matrix with some opal veins, but no fire.
Boulder opal is found sparsely distributed over a wide area of Australian ironstone or boulder country where the opal (silica mix) fills veins, cracks, cavities and crevices in ironstone boulders. Opal bearing boulder is always cut to include the host brown ironstone. The GIA (Gemological Institute of America) classifies two types: gems with ironstone visible face up, called opal with matrix and gems with no visible inclusions, called opal in matrix. Boulder opal is usually cut as opal with matrix to the contours of the opal vein, creating a baroque wavy surface often freeform and irregular in shape, making each boulder opal unique. Located northwest of Lightning Ridge in western Queensland, the Queensland boulder opal fields encompass a vast area centered on the town of Quilpie and extending as far north as Winton and south to Cunamulla. Recent years have seen slightly lower production levels, with any fine gems quickly snapped up.

Known for its lively flaming bright rich colors, this variety is in very high demand and extremely popular. Interest in Queensland boulder opal has increased markedly over the last 20 years as this unique type of opal gains recognition from gem enthusiasts the world over.
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I am not a Gemologist or a Lapidary. Gemstones were identified at the time of purchase by the supplier. Any errors, discrepancies, or omissions are not intentional. All gemstone meanings, metaphysical properties and associated verbiage are not claims of fact but have been gathered from writing, books, folklore and various sources

Welcome to Australia (Boulder Opal Necklace)

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: boulder opal beads and pendant, moonstone thai silver toggle and bead caps
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