Boulder Australian Opal Pendant
Formed in areas of Ironstone, Boulder Opals are created when the host rock (Ironstone) forms with/as part of the opal when the gem is formed in cracks/voids within the host rock. The resulting opal is often a thin vein laid on (natural) the Ironstone.
Boulder Opal, with colours ranging from black or light, is sourced from areas in Western Queensland, which are cut to incorporate the brown host Ironstone and are valuable due to their high demand. Around Andamooka in South Australia, where the host-rock is quartz which is lighter in colour, the Boulder Opal is also referred to as a ‘Painted Ladies’.
Opal is a hydrous silicon dioxide mineraloid (it has no crystalline structure, and between 10% to 20% water content). There are 2 groups of Opal: Precious Opal (play of colour) and Common Opal (no play of colour). Light diffracts into a spectrum of colours through ordered micro-silica spheres within Precious Opal. There are over 60 named variety of Opal making identification difficult.
Boulder Opal has a pure energy, clears and strengthens the aura. Boulder Opal provides clarity and purity of thought, un-cluttering a muddled and confused mind. Boulder Opal calms and centres, used in meditation can facilitate counsel with guides.
Boulder Opal can help to reveal the inner truth of ones aspirations, ambitions and desires.