This is a beautiful and unusual piece of Australiana: a piece of Yowah nut opal.
Yowah nut opal comes from one place - Yowah in outback australia, and is actually a hollow ironstone boulder with an opal matrix.
The opal can be mixed in with black or red ironstone, vitrified clay or silicated sandstone to form the most beautiful patterns and pictures. There are some truly beautiful picture stones that have the look of aboriginal paintings The reaction of most people when seeing these stones is, I didn't know opal could be like this, its beautiful!
So now you know! I loved this stone so much that I attempted my first combo wrap - both sterling silver and gold-filled wire. I think that it was very, very, very, very good choice! So happy with this piece!
Click on the picture if you are interested in seeing the absolutely fantastically detailed 'picture' on the stone up close and personal.
I decided to suspend the stone through a hole that had been drilled from left to right (intended for a thong or chain). This means that the stone swings free at the bottom, and I just love that!