Coober Pedy Shell Opal Silver Formed Pendant
Coober Pedy Shell Opal Silver Formed Pendant Necklace.
A absolutely stunning piece of Shell Opal from Coober Pedy that has been hand carved by ourselves and set in a copper and fine silver formed setting which coats the natural shape of the shell.
Hung on a sterling silver snake chain.
The opal measures approximately 2.2-5 cms long x 1.3 cms wide
A really unique, original and striking pendant! Fully handcrafted piece of jewellery- one off!
Opal shells are very unique pieces for any collection. These are shells that have been opalized. A lot of these shells come from the opal fields in Coober Pedy while the more valuable black varieties of these options are found in the Lightning Ridge area. Originally, the opal fields in Australia formed along the bottom of a large inland sea. There was a variety of different marine creatures that called this sea their home including shellfish, dinosaurs, crocodiles, and turtles. When these creatures died, their bodies would sink down to the bottom of the sea and would end up covered in silt and sand. As millions of years passed, this sea ended up drying up which caused various types of clays and sands that were deposited all over this sea bed. All that was left of these animals were their shells and bones, which actually created formations in the opal stones.