This is a beautiful & vibrant Gem Opal Pendant!
The opal is a fossilised mussel seashell where over millions of years the original material of the mussel shell has been fully replaced with precious Gem Crystal Opal in a brilliant display of multi-coloured fire!
The fine ochre coloured lines that can be clearly seen, are a result of the shifting of the tetonic plates millions of years ago. This in turn caused stress lines to form in the Opal.
These lines subsequently became stained with the colouring of the surrounding coloured ochre of the sandstone in which the opalised shell was residing deep under the surface of the ancient ocean.
Presentation of this gorgeous & richly coloured opal has been achieved by claw setting the Gem into a totally handcrafted setting of Hallmarked 925 Solid Sterling Silver.
The colours in this unique & fascinating opalised Gem Shell Pendant are rich & full spectrum that play gorgeous red-oranges, oranges, golds, lemon-yellows, greens, blues & mauves.
To totally strengthen & fully stabilise all aspects of this beautiful opal Gemstone, I have permanently bonded the opal to a backing of Queensland Boulder Opal Ironstone.
A stunning piece of Australia's ancient oceanic history,
transformed into "living" colour & fire !
||Gem Crystal Shell Opal &
Solid Silver Pendant
||Handcrafted Claw Set Solid 925
||Gem Crystal Opalised Mussel Shell
||Coober Pedy, South Australia
||30.7mm x 14.3mm x 9.00mm deep
||Very Bright! (4 out of 5)