Until the opening of vast deposits in Australia in the 19th century, the opal was very difficult to source. Today, Australia accounts for 80% of the world’s supply of opal; in fact, the opal is Australia’s National Gemstone.
There are two broad classes of opal: precious and common. The internal structure of the precious opal causes it to diffract light, like a prism, resulting in an iridescent shimmer of dazzling colors across the visual spectrum. Black opal is the rarest.
Our glass artists have created something even rarer! Only 222 of these opalesque glass beauties have been made. Each one is serialized and includes a certificate of authenticity. It might not be opal but let it catch the light on your bracelet to symbolize butterfly sings, seashells, or a starry night on acid.
The opal was highly treasured in ancient times. By the Middle Ages, the opal was considered a stone of great luck because it possessed all the virtues and all the colors of every other gemstone. The opal was said to grant invisibility if wrapped in a fresh bay leaf and held in one’s hand.