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Brilliant_Rock
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Hi all - I was rummaging through my jewelry box and came across a set I've had for years but haven't worn lately. They are my favorite color - and I used to wear them all the time. But the bracelet broke and two of the stones shattered so I just put it away for fear of more damage. Unlike the necklace, the bracelet was just strung together (and not knotted between stones) and it was a disaster waiting to happen - and I should have known better.

Now that I see them again, I wonder what the stones really are. It was purchased from an Australian jewelry shop in Newport RI (of all places) that closed years ago, and the owner told me they were blue Australian opals. I didn't care what they were - the color captivated me and they weren't terribly expensive. I also knew they weren't opals we are all familiar with - Australian lightning ridge black, crystal, or boulder opal, etc... but again, it didn't matter.

Now, I'm curious. The base color of the stones is much bluer than appears in the photos - they picked up more yellow in the photo processing and thus appear green. There really is no green discernible IRL. They are a delightful glowing turquoise blue with a hint of light aqua.

Anyway, have any of you seen stones like this? When held up to the light, they light up and some show the light source quite clearly.... I'd love to hear what you think! IMG_9052.jpeg IMG_9053.jpeg IMG_9054.jpeg
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Hi all - I was rummaging through my jewelry box and came across a set I've had for years but haven't worn lately. They are my favorite color - and I used to wear them all the time. But the bracelet broke and two of the stones shattered so I just put it away for fear of more damage. Unlike the necklace, the bracelet was just strung together (and not knotted between stones) and it was a disaster waiting to happen - and I should have known better.

Now that I see them again, I wonder what the stones really are. It was purchased from an Australian jewelry shop in Newport RI (of all places) that closed years ago, and the owner told me they were blue Australian opals. I didn't care what they were - the color captivated me and they weren't terribly expensive. I also knew they weren't opals we are all familiar with - Australian lightning ridge black, crystal, or boulder opal, etc... but again, it didn't matter.

Now, I'm curious. The base color of the stones is much bluer than appears in the photos - they picked up more yellow in the photo processing and thus appear green. There really is no green discernible IRL. They are a delightful glowing turquoise blue with a hint of light aqua.

Anyway, have any of you seen stones like this? When held up to the light, they light up and some show the light source quite clearly.... I'd love to hear what you think! IMG_9052.jpeg IMG_9053.jpeg IMG_9054.jpeg

Oh what a gorgouse colour
What's the plan for making the braclete wearable again ?
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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Such a good question. Of course, I could have them set as the necklace and earrings, but I’m a yg girl, so maybe the whole set needs to be rethought ,,,. Any ideas? You have such a great design sense!

Thank you
Really im a hit and miss kinda gal
I tend to make things waaaay toooooo busy
Yours are such a gorgouse colour
Perfect for summer (its winter here)
Im going through a longer station necklase appreciation phase right now

Actually i have some cherry amber set in a similar set up to your opals but the necklase is too tight and the earings are butt ugly so im really keen to see what you do
 

bright&shiny

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Thank you
Really im a hit and miss kinda gal
I tend to make things waaaay toooooo busy
Yours are such a gorgouse colour
Perfect for summer (its winter here)
Im going through a longer station necklase appreciation phase right now

Actually i have some cherry amber set in a similar set up to your opals but the necklase is too tight and the earings are butt ugly so im really keen to see what you do

I’m excited to start playing with ideas - the beads aren’t heavy, but they also aren’t light. Because they do break, I’m thinking about the same length - but I can incorporate the bracelet beads…. Now I have to start looking for inspiration pieces. Such a tough task :lol-2:
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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I’m excited to start playing with ideas - the beads aren’t heavy, but they also aren’t light. Because they do break, I’m thinking about the same length - but I can incorporate the bracelet beads…. Now I have to start looking for inspiration pieces. Such a tough task :lol-2:

Post pictures as you play :appl:
 

voce

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They could also be amazonite.
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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I need to ask a somewhat related question and its probably a bit obveouse so forgive me but im going to ask it here
Hi all - I was rummaging through my jewelry box and came across a set I've had for years but haven't worn lately. They are my favorite color - and I used to wear them all the time. But the bracelet broke and two of the stones shattered so I just put it away for fear of more damage. Unlike the necklace, the bracelet was just strung together (and not knotted between stones) and it was a disaster waiting to happen - and I should have known better.

Now that I see them again, I wonder what the stones really are. It was purchased from an Australian jewelry shop in Newport RI (of all places) that closed years ago, and the owner told me they were blue Australian opals. I didn't care what they were - the color captivated me and they weren't terribly expensive. I also knew they weren't opals we are all familiar with - Australian lightning ridge black, crystal, or boulder opal, etc... but again, it didn't matter.

Now, I'm curious. The base color of the stones is much bluer than appears in the photos - they picked up more yellow in the photo processing and thus appear green. There really is no green discernible IRL. They are a delightful glowing turquoise blue with a hint of light aqua.

Anyway, have any of you seen stones like this? When held up to the light, they light up and some show the light source quite clearly.... I'd love to hear what you think! IMG_9052.jpeg IMG_9053.jpeg IMG_9054.jpeg

Im looking at the construction of this DDG necklase and thinking about my cherry amber
if a necklase like this was to be strung would it need to be knotted to stop the gemstones damaging each other?

Also in this necklase what does the finding look like that connects the bead to the chain ?
 

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@Daisys and Diamonds this is long overdue, but here are some more photos of the links, findings, and a comparison in length - I think it’s a 16-17” necklace compared to a larger pearl necklace. I hope it’s useful - and please post picks of your project. Can’t wait to see it!

009F310A-2CD8-457E-8363-AF5A2D77C8A4.jpeg 875F682F-0F19-47BA-A8B2-3B5461571514.jpeg 00629F65-00CE-4602-A05C-F2994AB7B6CA.jpeg 96105E65-B6A3-4EE5-98E1-D9B168C8048E.jpeg F4C40896-65E7-41F6-8F15-D6C3CD99B6A3.jpeg 8150BCAB-5011-4DFD-BA8B-E06CC29B44C7.jpeg 009F310A-2CD8-457E-8363-AF5A2D77C8A4.jpeg 875F682F-0F19-47BA-A8B2-3B5461571514.jpeg 00629F65-00CE-4602-A05C-F2994AB7B6CA.jpeg 96105E65-B6A3-4EE5-98E1-D9B168C8048E.jpeg F4C40896-65E7-41F6-8F15-D6C3CD99B6A3.jpeg 8150BCAB-5011-4DFD-BA8B-E06CC29B44C7.jpeg
 

Daisys and Diamonds

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@Daisys and Diamonds this is long overdue, but here are some more photos of the links, findings, and a comparison in length - I think it’s a 16-17” necklace compared to a larger pearl necklace. I hope it’s useful - and please post picks of your project. Can’t wait to see it!

009F310A-2CD8-457E-8363-AF5A2D77C8A4.jpeg 875F682F-0F19-47BA-A8B2-3B5461571514.jpeg 00629F65-00CE-4602-A05C-F2994AB7B6CA.jpeg 96105E65-B6A3-4EE5-98E1-D9B168C8048E.jpeg F4C40896-65E7-41F6-8F15-D6C3CD99B6A3.jpeg 8150BCAB-5011-4DFD-BA8B-E06CC29B44C7.jpeg 009F310A-2CD8-457E-8363-AF5A2D77C8A4.jpeg 875F682F-0F19-47BA-A8B2-3B5461571514.jpeg 00629F65-00CE-4602-A05C-F2994AB7B6CA.jpeg 96105E65-B6A3-4EE5-98E1-D9B168C8048E.jpeg F4C40896-65E7-41F6-8F15-D6C3CD99B6A3.jpeg 8150BCAB-5011-4DFD-BA8B-E06CC29B44C7.jpeg

Thank you
im going to post a link to this from my thread so i remember
Wow
Those pictures - just stunning
the pearls complement the opals really well
Those opals :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2: :kiss2:
 
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