I have always been fascinated by opals, a stone which is known as a "phenomenal" gem in the gemological community.
Here are some beautiful opals, up for auction at Bonhams LA on November 24. Quite different from the commerical grade stones you might see in the mall!
What makes opals special are the sub microscopic spheres stacked in a grid like pattern, which create the play-of-color phenomenon.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Superb Contra Luz Fire Opal
Black opal with red fire
Fine pink opal bead necklace, no play-of-color, but who doesn't like pink?
The Peacock Opal, blue-green on black
A rare Black Opal, with remarkable color
Here is my absolute favorite, the Antique Opal, emerald, seed pearl choker necklace and bracelet. Just gorgeous!