Louis Leakey, the famous anthropologist uncovered the earliest known opals while excavating Njoro River Cave in Kenya. Dating to about 4000 BC., these opals most likely originated in Ethiopia. Historically, opal discoveries and mining progressed similarly to the ways diamond, emerald, ruby and sapphire were produced. As early humans found various gemstones, they slowly learned to work them into decorative shapes. As communities developed, gems became symbols of wealth.
The name opal derives from ancient Greek and Latin languages: The Greek Opallios and Latin Opalus both mean “to perceive a color change”. Our opals are sourced from lightning ridge and Coober Pedy, Australia, and then handcrafted into the unique designs you see here.
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