Why? With the amount of synthetics engulfing us nowadays it’s no wonder that the trend is towards going back to the old times when life was simpler and we were closer to Mother Nature.
You can see it by what attracts tourists to little outback towns in Australia where you can buy boulder opals along with other interesting artifacts of bygone days.
No exception to this is seen in people’s choice to buy boulder opals and it is noted that more and more of the opal selection at www.opalmine.com features the natural look of boulder opals from the western Queensland opal mining towns of Yowah and Koroit in the south, through Quilpie and north to Blackall, Winton and QSAJundah.
These places have a fascinating rustic feel and although they are probably more famous for the camel trains, and the outback stations, some of which in size rival some of the largest properties in the world, more and more people are visiting them for their love of boulder opals.
People want to know that their jewelry, if it contains gemstones like “boulder opals”, is real, not manufactured in a laboratory.AX
why is that? Well for one thing, it has a lot to do with how we feel about ourselves and our creativity. Imagination comes into it a lot too. When we own something that is not man made, we judge its rarity and we feel happy that we are able to show off something that is not mass produced such as some of the amazing examples of boulder opals shown here.
The ladies know all about how devastating it can be to attend a function in a new dress, only to find that someone is wearing an identical outfit.
What is it then about these stones that makes them so interesting? Some might say that the chocolate ironstone is a bit boring, often without hint of what opal is famous for and that is COLOR. And yet for all things that interests and educates us in life there is a need for contrast.
Boulder and black opals create an attractive visual contrast
What would you learn if a teacher used black chalk on a black board or white brush on a white board? Nothing! And an artist always pays attention to the canvas before attempting a work of art. It’s the same with boulder and black opal.
The brown “boulder opals” in ironstone and the black opal potch, provides the canvas on which nature has painted some of the most fascinating images in the world. Some of these images look like actual pictures of items that we are familiar with such as animals, plants, and celestial bodies such as the moon and stars.
Other times the artwork is not obvious but rather abstract or just interesting shapes and patterns in these fascinating “boulder opals”. When these amazing picture stones are fashioned by the Opalmine cutters and designers, the results can be tantalizing as they are often presented as pendants, rings and rare matching earrings. Some examples are featured in this article(.Buy Boulder Opals in the USA)