Boulder Opal is an exquisite silicon based gem that has also found itself at the heart of much of Catherine’s unique jewellery. Given Catherine’s love of nature it is no surprise that Opal is a particular favourite for her to work with; with stones that range in colour from pure crystal whites through all the colours that can be seen in shallow coral reefs, and then on to darker shades like those in deep floral valleys or the deepest blue oceans. Historically, opals were considered to be extremely auspicious; housing the powers of all the gemstones as they can take on all of their colours. Traditionally, Opal is considered the birthstone for October. Strongly associated with emotional clarity, opal is said to aid in visualisation, creativity and imagination. It is often used to facilitate lucid dreaming with the aid of herbs and ritual.
Catherine has again developed a close tie with a wonderful supplier who spends part of his year in Australia seeking out the raw material. He then spends the remaining months cutting and polishing the material ready to display at major exhibitions. Due to the high standard of his work and the quality of these treasures, the gems are quickly snapped up by the trade. Opals contain water which makes them very sensitive to heat. They should be stored with care or they can become soft causing them to chip or crack.