I hand wrapped this naturally beautiful Koroit Boulder Opal into a stunning pendant suspended on a hand woven Viking Knit chain.
~The pendant is wrapped in a combination of 20 & 26 gauge tarnish resistant copper wire
~It is 1 1/2 inches at it’s widest part
~2 inches from the top of the bale to the bottom of the pendant
~The chain is 26 gauge tarnish resistant copper with 20 gauge hand crafted connectors
~22 1/2 inches is the total length of the chain with connectors.
Hours go into each of my pieces and this one is no different. Inspired by the natural colors within the stone, and the earth energies it holds I chose copper to not only enhance the beauty of it, but to enhance the conductivity of the energies as well.
As close-to-nature talismans, Boulder Opals carry not only warm Earth energies, but also the illuminating energy of Fire.
~They assist practical people in developing their spiritual sides, and help spiritually minded people succeed in the everyday world.
~Boulder Opals are great for reconciling conscious and unconscious thought
~bringing clarity and emotional security
~assist those who find it hard to put down roots to establish a stable home environment without sacrificing a spirit of adventure.
Use these stones for perseverance when the going gets tough, and hold in earthy places to connect with earth and plant spirits.
Boulder (Koroit) Opal – Precious Opal that forms within voids or fractures of its host rock, usually ironstone or sandstone, and because the veins are quite thin, is cut with the stone left on the back for support or as layers of Opal within the matrix stone. These are the hardest of the boulder opal types and often referred to as “Koroit picture opals” because of the patterns. Mined in Queensland, Australia, each finished piece is unique and special.
Tips for caring for your Opal
Although boulder opals are slightly more durable, they do still require a high level of care. It possible, store your boulder opal gems and jewelry in a dehumidified room, especially if you live in a dry climate. When storing opal gemstones for extended periods of time, place them inside a tight plastic bag with some type of moisture source, such as a damp tissue or cloth. This will prevent your precious opal from dehydration.
Opal gemstones and jewelry should be cleaned on a regular basis. You can use mild soap, warm water and a soft cloth to wipe them down. Since opal is quite porous, you should also avoid the use of bleach, chemicals, cosmetics or household cleaners when wearing opal jewelry. Do not use ultrasonic cleaners or steamers and always remove jewelry before engaging in vigorous physical activity, such as sports, exercise or household chores.