Wanted to submit another photo of this opal pendant! I really like the fire in this rock. It's quite difficult to capture the true beauty of opals sometimes, because the play of colours 'roll' across the stone in a chatoyancy effect. We call this effect opalescence in opals. This would be classified as a white opal with blue,green and yellow fire. I'm pretty sure it would be a stone of AAA quality because it is flawless! The fire effect is visible from any angle of the stone, the luster is shiny and the colours are vibrant! Thank mother nature for this wonderful specimen, this is why I love using genuine gemstones, they can be so surprising to cut and polish. It makes me want to bring up my skills in silverwork more!
This is an opal pendant in which I did the lapidary work and the setting for.
A friend of mine gave me an unpolished opal and told me to make something for his wife.
I was really happy when I polished the rock, it was unlike anything I'd ever seen!
I knew that I had to do something special for her, since she was my close friend before marrying him. Her favourite colour is red, so I added a red garnet at the top. Someone told me not to because red is too much of a contrast, and said I should use a green tourmaline or peridot instead. I feel like I kinda knew which one she would've like if she had the choice, so I went with that and the design kinda fell into place! I casted the charms using the lost wax casting method, made a couple of angels from an existing mermaid charm. I gave the pendant it's own wings to balance out the swirls at the bottom, since the opal should remain in the center for the main focus.