In the Middle Ages, opal was considered a stone that could provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal. My version of the opal will bring you lots of luck as there are flashes of all the colours of the rainbow in there. This is a bead that will change and flash and sparkle.
My hands made this fire opal jewel drop necklace. Each fire opal jewel bead measures approximately 15mm x 15mm. There are 2 beads on each necklace. They hang below a sterling silver circle that measures 12mm. The total length of the drops is approximately 60mm. The drops are on a sterling silver rolo chain that measures 16" and has an extension to 19".
Each bead is individually made by me! There is no paint on any of my beads, just glass upon glass upon glass. Each bead is 4 - 8 layers of glass. Around layer 3 I roll the bead in fine silver leaf, then encase it in more glass. When the bead is large I mash it flat so that the silver disperses. This is what gives my beads the shimmering sparkle. This will light up a room and bring you oodles of compliments.
My hands made these beads. I use Moretti (Effetre) glass, a little CIM and occasionally Vetrofond. All my beads are kiln annealed, thoroughly cleaned and inspected. There is no paint on any of my beads, just glass upon glass upon glass.
Please remember the jewelry looks larger than life in the pictures which is why it is important to check the size. I have tried to capture the colours as accurately as possible but many monitors vary.