Joie de Vivre jewelry

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Be bolder with this Boulder necklace! The stones featured are boulder opals from areas in Queensland, Australia. Boulder opals differ from other opals in that they form in very thin veins in cracks and fissures of hard ironstone boulders, and because they are so thin, it's common to see these opals still attached to the solid brown ironstone. The interplay of opal and stone leads to great color and terrific patterns, such as in the stones here. Opal is an amorphous silicate, which means it has the same chemical composition as stones like quartz, but without the more consistent crystalline organization. It contains 3% - 10% water (water molecules are trapped in voids) and it's this water that diffracts light for the awesome play of color in the stone. The opals are paired with rainbow moonstone, a feldspar that also shows shimmering color but from a different effect (light scattering off parallel planes rather than bending through diffraction).

Cost: $125.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 17"


  • Australian boulder opals
  • rainbow moonstone beads
  • hematite beads
  • Japanese Delica glass beads
  • sterling silver beads
  • sterling silver toggle clasp
  • Soft Flex 0.019" moderate duty nylon coated stainless steel cord

Care & cleaning: Beading cord may be kinked or broken through hard jerks or severed through prolonged exposure to rough or sharp edges; store necklace flat when not in use to prevent stretching or kinking cord. Clean with warm soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on silver.

Opals are fairly robust stones, and the beading thread is a stainless steel base cord and can withstand a fair amount of tugging. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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The necklace is shown with a moderate scoop neck tee, and it would work well with deeper necklines like this or high necklines like boatnecks. It also works well with cowlnecks, though not turtlenecks.