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This husband and wife carving duo have chosen an elegant piece of boulder opal to create this cute petite bear.
Boulder opal is found in Australia where precious opal forms in veins and patches within brown ironstone boulders. When the opal
is mixed through the ironstone it is called matrix opal. Hardness ranges between 5.5 and 6 on the Mohs scale. Boulder opal is very
durable due to the ironstone backing the opal forms on. Because water content within the opal is very low it almost never cracks
as it ages. Boulder opal is unique to Queensland Australia. Queensland's southwest opal fields (Quilpie, Yowah, Eromanga) are
important sources of boulder opals. The fields in these areas are in sediments from the Cretaceous age (100 million years ago).
Most opals were formed in deeply weathered rocks in arid regions. During high rainfall periods, small amounts of silica were
dissolved by water. As the water evaporated, the remaining silica formed the minute spheres. When these spheres were packed
into tight regular formations they formed the gem quality opal that is treasured around the world today Concretions up to 5 cm
across known as nuts, may host a kernel of solid opal or contain a network of thin veins of opal through the ironstone. This variety
of opal is prevalent at Yowah where the concretions form distinct bands—the well known Yowah-nuts. At Yowah, miners still use
hoist opals in buckets and use picks or jack hammers to dig for opal, most other mines use giant excavators with huge buckets and
large bulldozers. Australia produces 97 percent of the world supply of opals today. Major opal mines are the Winton, Quilpie, Yowah,
Koroit and Jundah mines.
Clayton and Abby have inlaid the heartline and eyes of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and the fetish is initialed CAP in their
normal fashion. Perfect for the pocket, purse, medicine bag or atop your desk for frequent eye candy during your busy day!
If you would like to read more about the Bear's characteristics and attributes click here. And click here to hear "Bear" in Shiwi, the language of Zuni.
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Zuni Carver: Clayton & Abby Quam Panteah
Item: Bear with Heartline
Material: Koroit Boulder Opal
Dimensions: 1 3/16"L x 5/8"T x 3/8"W
Shipping costs: $8.50 + depending on your location
Plus 6.75% state sales tax to Texas residents!
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