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In the Abode of the Magical Deer Necklace


In the Abode of the Magical Deer Earrings
In the Abode of the Magical Deer Necklace   In the Abode of the Magical Deer Necklace and Earrings include:
*Boulder opal
*Pearls, faceted pearls
*Sterling bezel, beads, lever back earrings and findings
*Necklace is signed, numbered, dated

Length:  18.5" - 24" (46 cm - 61 cm)
Weight:  2.8 oz (80 gm)

Earring length:  2" (5 cm)
Earring weight:  3.9 gm each (a nickel weighs about 5 gm)

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Boulder opals form in brown ironstone boulders in Australia. This one had "50.48cts" printed on its label but most of that 50cts was of boulder, not opal! You see, vendors like to sell you the whole rock if they can, even though the opalized portion may be a relatively thin layer as in this example. I don't care, what I look for is a beautiful picture. Whoever cut this stone very carefully exposed the thin opal layer leaving a sculptural surface. Again, I enjoy seeing the natural contours. I'm explaining all this because I don't want you to imagine this is a fine gem opal, it's not. Fine gem opal would be all opal and full of fire, but perhaps it would not have a great image like this stone has. Furthermore it looks to me like the opal layer has been treated to stabilize it, but the vendor spoke only enough English to conduct a monetary transaction, so I don't know. I've had it for about 3 years and it shows no sign of crazing or deterioration so whatever they did to it probably was a good thing to preserve the opal layer. I cut fully 1/3 of the brown ironstone away so I could set it. You will notice I set at a bit of an angle so the beautiful waterfall and river would be level and the abode of the magical deer would be evident. And can you imagine a better place to find a magical deer than beside a pink waterfall and iridescent river? The story of the magical deer comes from don Juan as you may recall.

The deer on the reverse is adapted from an image at El Batequi in Baja California. You may have heard of the famous cave paintings there. I have had the great good fortune to visit a very few of them but I have not been to this site. Crosby describes it thus: "it dawned on me that unity and composition were its greatest glories. The mural is clearly not the work of a single artist; ... It is certainly the product of many generations." [emphasis mine] At this point, radiocarbon dating of various sites proves him correct. On a single wall, the overlapping images appear to have been separated by as much as 3,000 years. It is difficult to imagine a civilization lasting 3,000 years in the Baja desert to begin with, and even harder to realize that we know nothing about the painters at all (aside from the legend that they were giants). There is virtually no trace of them save for these magnificent murals.

So, back to our little opal! Some people are superstitious about wearing opals, but Kunz points out that until fairly recently, the opal was thought to combine all the virtues of the various colored gems whose hues are united in it. Simmons and Ahsian praise the virtues of various opal types as well. So please order this beautiful necklace, I hope it will help you to find your own magical deer.

One-of-a-kind, subject to prior sale

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