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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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