Seven shades of Opal! What's the difference?

Seven shades of Opal! What's the difference?

Opals come in a vast array of colors, translucence, clarity, and shapes. Opal also happens to be one of my favorite materials to cut. Given the overwhelming variety of opals available for purchase or use in jewelry, where is an opal fan to start? Knowledge is key, and we can start by bucketing opal into 7 different types of stone. What are they? 1. Black opal is the most expensive and the rarest variety. The combination of the intense background color of opaque black to dark grey pops the "play of color" (the splitting of light into the colors of a spectrum...

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Surface Matters: Grit & Gloss Exhibition

Surface Matters: Grit & Gloss Exhibition

Organized by the Enamelist Society and juried by Anne Havel, Barbara McFadyen, and Charity Hall, 84 artists entered 151 pieces into the Surface Matters: Grit & Gloss contest. Of those, 67 pieces were selected from 40 artists worldwide. Surface Matters expresses the scope of techniques and design variety within the vast medium of contemporary enamels. The brooch I created for this exhibition was my first attempt at combining my love for lapidary and my interest in exploring enamel. Using the natural and polished surface textures of the stones as a starting point, I did several experiments with enamel to replicate stone...

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