I just love Opals! It doesn’t matter where they come from – Australia, Mexico, South America, Africa, and the United States. I came across some really interesting Opals lately. There are three examples shown in this post.
The first image shows a very interesting Mexican Fire Opal. This pendant can be worn both ways, front or back. What’s truly unique about this stone, is its appearance. The stone appears broken, like crackled glass. It’s not! The stone is smooth on both sides because it healed itself and left the crackle glass effect behind. I set this stone with 22 gauge 1/2 hard square and 22 gauge 1/2 hard 1/2 round 14kt Gold-Filled wire.
The second image shows a Fairy Stone Opal from Australia. Fairy Stone Opal is hard sandstone that is permeated with Opal. Some of this Opal is piped throughout the stone. This gives the stone its characteristic pin fire effect. What’s cool about this stone is it looks great in low light as well as bright light. The pin fire must be seen to be believed as it changes as the stone moves while wearing it. I set this stone in 22 gauge 1/2 hard square and 21 gauge 1/2 hard 1/2 round Argentium Silver wire.
The third image shows a Chocolate WELO Opal nugget from Africa. This stone can be worn both ways. You know me – if something can be done more than one way, I do that! This opal is even better looking in person. The setting for this stone is 24 gauge 1/2 hard square and 21 gauge 1/2 hard 1/2 round Argentium Silver wire. This setting is a bit harder to create since it’s a modified bezel/basket setting.
I hope you enjoy viewing these stones as much as I enjoyed setting them. If you have questions, feel free to e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,