Every year in October is the gem and mineral show. Local venders as well as people from afar come together for a 3 day event. They have gem specimens for sale as well as just to look at, jewelry, classes and guided hikes.
I always make it a point to go at least one day of the show. This year I was on a mission. I have a client who specifically requested a blue opal in the heel knob of his whip. I knew if I looked hard enough I could find the just the right one at the gem show.
It turns out that I found two that are beautiful. One is cut like a normal opal against the grain, so it looks like little dots of color flashing out, The other is cut with the grain. I have never seen that before. It looks like stripes of color... really cool.
I'm not sure which one he will pick, but I may have to make a pendant out of the other one.