Lightning Ridge Opal Pendant in 18k Yellow Gold
This Lightning Ridge opal pendant has a relaxing coolness with these beautiful blue and green colors! From the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford, this handmade pendant is a true collector’s piece. The opal is solid, not a doublet or triplet, from Lightning Ridge, Australia. The shape of the opal resembles a shark's tooth, which is why we were instantly attracted to it! Lightning Ridge is a town in north-western New South Wales, Australia near the southern border of Queensland. Opal mining is the main source of income for the town. Aboriginal explanation for the opals discovered in the Lightning Ridge area is as follows. According to an aborigine legend, a huge wheel of fire fell to earth and sprayed the countryside with the brilliant opals. The designer, John Ford, travels to Lightning Ridge to procure the opals himself and create these amazing one of a kind opal jewelry pieces.