Our beautiful One-off Large Opal Shell and Blue Topaz Orion Pendant (chain not included) is perfect for everyday wear or special occasions.
At Silver Scene we love to be different and that's why we have created our 'One-off' range, unique pieces of jewellery for unique people.
This breath taking pendant features a stunning free form opalised shell stone in an interesting abstract shape. Surrounding the opal stone, silver detailing of swirls have been created by our silversmiths, showcasing the stone beautifully. As a finishing touch, a small round shaped faceted Blue Topaz stone sits above the gorgeous Opal. The opal used in this piece is one with plenty of fire...you could spend hours gazing into it, lost within its galaxies.
Opal shells are very unique pieces for any jewellery collection. Originally, the opal fields in Australia formed along the bottom of a large inland sea. There was a variety of different marine creatures that called this sea their home. When the sea dried up the shells were trapped under the mud and over the years became to be part of the opal formations.
Please be aware that Opal is a hard stone to photograph, the pictures do not do it justice, this Opal is truly stunning.
A unique piece of jewellery, this gorgeous pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece, only one pendant has been made especially for you and, just like you, there are no other pendants quite like this one.
Perfect as a gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself.
If you'd like a chain with this pendant please click here for our full range of Sterling Silver chain designs. We would recommend a thinner chain with this pendant, for example our Fine Belcher, Fine Snake or Fine box chain. Chain shown in picture: Fine Snake Chain.
Please be aware, that as purchased separately, they will arrive packed in separate boxes. If you'd like them packed together in one box, please let us know in the notes section at the checkout.
All Silver Scene jewellery comes lovingly packaged in a gift box.
This piece has been ethically designed and made by hand by Silver Scene Ltd in our workshops in Bali, Indonesia. It is an exclusive Silver Scene design and is limited to one piece only.
Australian Opal Shell and Blue Topaz set in Sterling Silver, keep clean with an anti-tarnish cloth.
Please be aware that opals are delicate stones that can break when knocked against a hard surface. Prolonged exposure to water can also damage them so it is always advisable to take off any opal jewellery before showering or bathing.
About the stones
Opal is the birthstone for October.
Australia produces 95% of the worlds opals. It is not known exactly how opal is formed, but many believe it is formed when water from rain seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal.
The ancient Greeks believed that opals were formed from the tears of joy wept by Zeus when he defeated the titans, and that the opal bestowed prophetic powers.
Most civilizations see opal as a lucky stone. In the Middle Ages, it was considered that it could provide great luck as it carried all the virtues of each gemstone whose colour was represented in the opal. Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Anne of Geierstein’ in 1829, opal acquired a less popular reputation. In Scott’s novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colourless stone and the Baroness dies soon after. Due to the popularity of this novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death and within a year of the novel being published, the sale of opals in Europe had dropped by 50%.
Opals have always been associated with love and passion, it is a seductive stone that intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions. It is believed to stimulate originality and creativity. Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity.
Blue Topaz is the Birthstone for November.
Blue Topaz has been used in jewellery for over 2000 years. It was once believed that Topaz would protect the wearer from dark magic. In the 12th century Saint Hildegard, a German nun, believed that Blue Topaz could cure blindness by soaking the stone in wine for 3 days and then rubbing it gently on the eyes.
Blue Topaz is a calming stone. It is thought to help with communication, creativity and the ability to express yourself. Great for writers block and to aid with public speaking. It is also thought to help with decision making, promotes concentration and helps recognize truth and wisdom.
At widest points including bale 3.6 cm x 3.4 cm
Pendant pictured is pendant sold.