n o o s a h e a d s
Noosa Heads is a suburb of the Shire of Noosa on Australia's Sunshine Coast located north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. Opals are found throughout the inland areas of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, but it is the sunshine and glittering color of the coast encased in these beautiful precious stones. Opal forms as silica-rich waters flow over material and deposit thin layers of silica. Precious opal, with the characteristic "play of fire" caused by the diffraction of light through the silica gel, forms only in areas in which silica settles slowly and undisturbed over time, such as inside another rock. Some sources say that opals can dry out and crack over time; others say this is a myth and whatever water is in the stone is in the stone to stay. Opals are softer than other silicates like quartz, and they can crack under pressure or impact, just like other gemstones. The popular Delica Japanese glass seedbeads are set between the opals for better drape and flexibility. Cost: $223.00 USD
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