This Week’s Theme: Opal
We close out this week’s theme with a stunningly elegant Australian opal, 7.3 caret blue topaz, and diamond pendant set in 14k gold designed by Mark McBride Hileman of The Hileman Collection in Anthem, AZ. I love the sleek design and the use of two vibrant colors of opal in this piece and how they complement the diamonds and blue topaz.
About this piece:
Each inlay section of the body of the pendant contains two pieces of inlaid blue green opal with one red piece of opal inlay in the middle. The hinged bail is also inlaid with four pieces of outstanding blue green and red firing Australian opal. The remarkable Australian opal inlay will mesmerize you as it flashes different colors of blues, greens, and reds. The .30 carats of G color VS clarity brilliant round diamonds provide additional sparkle to this statement piece. … This handcrafted opal inlay pendant measures 25mm wide and 40mm tall.
About the color of opals:
Due to the unique conditions under which opal is formed, it is nearly impossible to find two opals exactly the same. Opal is the only gemstone known to man to have the natural ability to diffract light. An opal’s color is created when the voids between the particles split light entering the stone. The size and alignment of the spheres and voids, as well as the light source, determines the colors produced. To view an opal’s color play at its best, the light source must be coming over your shoulder. An opal’s color can cover the full spectrum of the rainbow.
“In precious opals there might be a dash of red here, a seductive swirl of blue there, and in the center, perhaps, a flirtatious glance of green. But each stone flickers with a unique fire and a good opal is one with an opinion of its own.” ~ Victoria Finlay