The Opal is one of the most lustrous and radiant of gems, and certainly one of my favourites. The ever changing iridescence and flashes of colour that you see in opals is always so beautiful.
The ancient Greeks upheld the opal as a sign of purity and hope, while the ancient Romans believed the opal kept the wearer safe from harm. For thousands of years opals have been regarded as a source of imparting inner beauty and faithfulness to the wearer.
The romance of opals is legendary. Cleopatra is said to have worn opals to attract Mark Anthony, Queen Victoria was a passionate collector, opals were set in the crowns and necklaces of rulers who believed in their protective powers, and Aborigines believe in the spiritual value of opals, believing they represent the sign or presence of an ancestor.
One of the pieces I have made using some beautiful Australian opal beads is my Boulder Opal and Sterling Silver Necklace, pictured above.
Here are some more beautiful pieces featuring opals from some members of the Jet team: