I meant to put this up last week, but somehow it got skipped when I was doing photos. I like (okay love) to work with boulder opals. If you haven't heard of them before, they are opal material that is still attached to the matrix (which is a fancy word for the other rocks that they grow with, not a Keanu Reeves movie) Many times a boulder opal is cut when there just isn't enough of the flashy colored material to make a reasonable sized stone, other times the stone itself is just so interesting that cutting it away wouldn't do it justice. Interestingly, when you see the colors in an opal, they aren't actually there. It is like an oil drop in a puddle...the colors are just in the way the light is being refracted to our eyes. The actual stone is usually white or clear (there are some black opals, and fire opals are red or orange, but they are a whole different animal). So look forward to seeing a few more of these on my site in the future!
I have been designing jewelry for 10 years, and I also have a passion for fusing glass