My beautiful white opal

My beautiful vintage white opal pendant

I blogged a few weeks ago about returning from a short break Sydney to the in laws in Sydney with some goodies. I’m still reading one of those goodies, book on jewels I got from a junk bookshop on the drive home.

Thrifted: a book on Jewels

Thrifted: a book on Jewels

Such a wonderful insight into the history, cultural significance and formation of jewels. In a way I can’t explain, it makes me feel good me that the author, Victoria Finlay, gives Diamonds the last chapter, rather than the first. But I digress…

The interesting read allows me to appreciate the few pieces I have. Here I share one…

My beautiful vintage white opal pendant

My beautiful vintage white opal pendant

This was mum’s. She has a knack for losing jewellery (I once found her wedding ring in the drain outside the house next to a frog – slipped off while hand washing clothes) so I think this became mine for fear of her losing this gorgeous piece. I think it is from the 70s. Could be the early 80s.

Most opals are blue or green… black being the most precious. Mine is white with twinkling lights. This has a thousand different looks to it, encased in a delicate filigree of antique silver and marcasite. The twinkling blazing lights have always drawn me in and this remains one of my favourite pieces.

I love my one Opal!

21 April 2008
2 May 2008



The Woman behind the Blog

Welcome to my blog! It’s such a pleasure having you here.

What are you inspired by? I am inspired by beautiful and bright interiors, fabric, furniture, pinks, yellows, greens, chairs, china, trees, chocolate, peonies, hydrangeas, cherry blossoms, roses and rhubarb with cream.

Friends and family call me drey (pronounced 'dree'... short for Audrey) and I can often be found zipping through op-shops and vintage stores in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

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