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My Love Affair with Koroit Opal stones

  • February 12, 2011 12:22 PM

When I first saw a Free form cut Koroit Opal stone, I was immediately drawn to design a piece of  jewelry  with it. The richness of colors was so stunning and intrigueing, I could not help it. I just HAD to set the stone into a ring or necklace. As you may already know I create handcrafted artisan jewelry and sell it online on

Here is some in information I collected about this stone:

The Koroit Opal field  is an opal mining area in Paroo shire in southwest Queensland, Australia. It  is located about 80kilometers  north northwest of a place called Cunnamulla.
It is not a town. There is no electricity or running water there. It, however, is not  the town of Koroit in rural western  Victoria  Australia.

The Koroit opal field is known for the very distinctive type of boulder opal that is found in its mines.

There is a big difference between Koroit opals and the opal doublets. Doublets are manufactured by glueing thin pieces of Opal onto a stone or plastic backing, while Koroit and boulder opals are totally natural products.

Precious opal forms in veins and patches within brown ironstone boulders.  Matrix opal is when the opal is mixed through the ironstone.

A Boulder opal has an ironstone backing and therefore it is very durable

Many of my handmade  jewelry designs are created from Koroit Opal stones.

Here is a photograph I found of rough Koroit Opal before being cut:

Rough Koroit opal

In my Etsy shop  for handmade  jewelry designs ,two Koroit Opal rings are displayed:

The first :

US$ 140.00.

For more details:

Koroit Opal ring

 Rough Koroit opal

 And another large stone ring:

US$ 145.00For more details:

 Three cornet opal stone ring

 Three corner Opal stone ring

 I have many more original handcrafted artisan jewelry items in my shop.

You are welcome to view:


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Amethyst – The February Birthstone and friends

  • February 6, 2011 11:11 AM


Hi everyone,

I’d like to tell you a few things about the February birthstone Amethyst, and show off some of my new handmade rings with this stone:

Here is what we learn about Amethysts stones:

Amethyst is  formed from a purple variety of quartz  and is used in jewelry. The name comes from the Ancient Greek a- (“not”) and μέθυστος methustos (“intoxicated”), The ancint Greeks believed  that Amethys protected its owner from being drunk. the ancient Greeks and Romans  created drinking vessels from Amethysts and wore it believing that it would protect them from being intoxicated. 

As for people of today :  According to old beliefs and legends worldwide,  amethyst is considered to make the wearer calm and in control of his various emotional levels.

I do not know if this is true or not, but one cannot ignore the mystic beauty of it.

Here is an example of a raw stone:

Raw south african amethyst

Here are a few rings I created from various amethyst stones in my handmade jewelry workshop::

I made this ring from a rough amethyst and sterling silver:

February birthstone - out of the wild Amethyst ring

Out of the wild amethyst ring

Price: $95.00

My next ring is a facetted amethyst stone set in a sterling ring I handcrafted in my handmade workshop:

Amethyst and sterling silver ring

Price $160.00

Can be purchased here:

My third handcrafted ring is meant to be wrn by women who love more classic and demure designs:

Purple eye amethyst and silver ring

Purple eye amethyst and silver ring $ 60.00

For purchase:

You are all welcome to view more of my jewelry here:

Good Day!