Australian Opal Pendant Surrounded in Rubies with Sapphire Drop


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Australian Opal

This one-of-a-kind Australian Opal masterpiece features a rare gem quality 65cts Australian Black Lightning Ridge Opal Pendant. Handmade by local Santa Fe artist Larry Vasquez, this piece is a true work of wearable art. Surrounding the black opal are 78 chatham rubies weighing a total of 6.44cts and 1 chatam blue pear sapphire weighting 1.10cts. What a statement piece for a night out on the town or a fabulous black tie event.

The Mirroring Mirror” From the mist of the mirroring mirror comes the woman who is the fairest of all the universe, that is and ever will be. She stepped into the frame of the mirroring mirror with manuscript in hand fully aware of the choices she made. Her journey will take her to the other side of the mirror where her reflection is that of becoming all that she is. P.S. Her name is Mira.”  — Larry Vasquez

Australian black Lightning Ridge opals are the most valuable and widely known type of opal. Black opal is characterized by a dark body tone which can range from dark grey to jet black. However this refers only to the general body tone of the stone, and is not related to the rainbow or spectral colors present in the opal. This necklace is a timeless classic to be passed down from generation to generation.

Native American Artist: Larry Vasquezlarryvasquez

Master Jewelry artist, storyteller, and poet, Larry Vasquez stands upon the bedrock of a tool and die making background. He takes the precise clearance of a thousandth of an inch, and then leaps into the expansive countenance of the “Stone Talkers.” Vasquez’s passion for his art is immeasurable. His recognition that Stones have a spiritual energy awaiting release are inherent in his approach to stone cutting. His creativity draws upon an intense respect for a diverse ancestral heritage.

Vasquez has Aztec, Mayan, and Mescalero Apache blood in his veins. Vasquez’s world is one of color, story, music, and awareness of a participation in a beautiful and extraordinary universe. He is an alchemist in a realm where the sensitivity of the artist evokes the spirit of the stone to the surface, and lures the romance from the metal’s inner glory. Vivid coral, expressive turquoise, nuanced gold and opals dancing together in multi-strand rows of compelling elegance are unmistakable indications of Vasquez’s master hand.

Each works is indeed one-of-a-kind. After all, aren’t we all one-of-a- kind? In Vasquez’s 40 years of experience, the individual note is an expression of the outcome.