Wonderful beads of Australian Opal are strung on a wire with sterling silver findings. The Australian Opal beads graduating from 7mm rounds (smallest) to 13mm round (largest). 18" long.
This beautiful necklace was created by Taos county local artist, mineral dealer, and collector, Mike Fine.
Opal is still considered a mineral for historical reasons, although it is amorphous and therefore referred to as a mineraloid. The “opalescent” effect is caused by numerous tiny silica spheres stacked and bonded with silica and water called hydrated silicon dioxide. Once solid, Opal maintains a water content of 3%-21%.
Chemical composition: SiO2 · nH2O; Hardness: 5.5-6.5
Opal amplifies one’s own energies and has been used for centuries as a vision stone. The iridescent properties of Opal reflect one’s deepest thoughts and feelings for examination, making this stone a perfect tool for profound inner work.
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