Faceted Peruvian Opal and Goldmoon Necklace
This one of a kind necklace combines 1cm large, faceted Peruvian opals in pale pastel green, aqua, cream, brown and grey shades and two matte, oval gold-plated beads from Columbia. These are exact replicas of old Pre-Columbian gold beads, originally found in niche graves and today exhibited in the Gold Museum in Bogota, Columbia. By using the same antique techniques as the Pre-Columbians did, the original warm gold look and matte patina is maintained.
To the Pre-Columbians, gold represented eternity and the sacred source of all life. The wearer of this precious material was bestowed with energy, health and happiness. The symbolic and preferred matte quality of the gold was believed to preserve its energy inward, versus a shiny surface which was believed to radiate the gold’s energy outward.
The soft honeycomb cut opals give the necklace a delicate sparkle. Peruvian opals are rare gemstones found mostly in the Andes Mountains near San Patricio, Peru. Considered Peru’s national stone, these opals are unique because of their milky, semi-translucency and their vitreous, pearly surface. Colors range from light to medium aqua/turquoise shades. Peruvian legends praise their relaxing energy and tranquil healing powers. Gold-plated handworked endcaps and a large gold-plated silver S-hook round off this necklace.