|Labradorite, diamonds, and gold necklace at Barneys New York|
|Boulder opal and gold ring, Barneys New York|
I hadn't noticed until now that these are both phenomenal gemstones. That's a fancy way of saying that their crystalline structure causes them to interact with light in unusual ways. Both labradorite and opal are made of repeated, microscopic layers that reflect and refract light rays. What the layers are made of and how they lie on top of one another determine the depth and clarity of the colors you see.
Phenomenal gems are one of God's great giggles. "Take a look at these," God seems to say, "Aren't these just COOL?" But I think He likes them all, and gets kick out of us making beautiful things- our creativity is a pale reflection of His.
|Pink tourmaline and gold necklace, 32 inches, Ylang23|