Our collection of gemstones often provides the inspiration for design, but there are occasions when we require stones of a specific colour, shape or size, and for that we look to our stonecutters.
For this special commission, we were seeking a boulder opal of a particular colour to complement the stone in a ring that we had previously made. We liaise with our stonecutters, to-ing and fro-ing until we’ve selected a small parcel of stones that we feel may work well.
Nature being nature, and boulder opals being the character packed individuals that they are, the sourcing of a specific colour isn’t necessarily a quick process. There’s no ‘off the peg’ result; it’s a case of seeking and searching until the ideal stone is revealed. It’s important that we are able to offer a selection of stones at consultation: even if none are perfect, it helps us narrow down the characteristics we’re looking for, enabling us to focus the search.
For this commission though, there was one stone that leapt out. A vibrant boulder opal with a blue/green base and intense flashes of red. It was a very good match to the original ring, but more importantly, it elicited enthusiasm and excitement. The design was kept deliberately simple: the elements of the design, the two shaped arms, the small sparkling diamonds, all working to make sure the focus is on that one perfect shimmering opal.