The pink opal beads that form the foundation of this choker seem iridescent. The focus of the necklace is five large genuine Peruvian freeform opal beads. The center bead is especially luminous with swirling shades of pink. A very light pink and a white freeform bead lead are on each side of the focal bead and lead to two more large pink beads. Each of these beads has inclusions and irregularities which add interest and depth.
I separated each of the asymmetrical beads with wonderful shimmering pink opal nuggets in irregular shapes and used silver plate bicone beads between each of the elements to provide emphasis. A run of the opal nuggets leads to the silver plate shepherd's hook closure.
The choker measures 17 ½ inches in length, and the freeform beads measure between 1 ½ and 1 ¾ inches in length by 1 1/8 inches in width. The type of gemstone used in this necklace is called "common opal" and is more available than the extremely rare gem grade opal. However, "common" is really a misnomer as these beads are truly lovely. One of these beads has a `less-lovely' side to it which shows in the last photo, but I decided to include it because the best side is such a brilliant pink.
The opal has a long history as a gemstone. The ancient Romans believed it brought good luck and aided prophecy, a concept which was carried into the Middle Ages when it was thought to help eyesight. These wonderful gemstones were one of Queen Victoria's favorites, and she started a tradition of giving them as wedding gifts. It is thought that Opals soothe the eyes and the nerves and aid creativity. These wonderful qualities combine with the opulent pink tones of genuine opals resulting in a lovely necklace you can wear anywhere, anytime.
Please Note: The necklaces I create are my own designs. Opals are somewhat fragile, so try not to bang them around a lot. The stones I used to create this necklace are genuine and natural and as such there will be anomalies in shape, size, and color.
Item ID: JN307
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