Anyway, this tweet from The Cut recently sent my Opal fiending into overdrive - and it's no coincidence that the Lightning Ridge Opal pictured is a loose stone.
Forget white diamonds: here's your guide to a rainbow of candy-colored gems: http://t.co/2c5AX7koZx pic.twitter.com/sECYoWDXop
— The Cut (@TheCut) March 23, 2015
But then there are also the unfortunate associations with Australian souvenir tackery. The horror of the gem-bellied silver koala pendant and its cousin, the dolphin charm bracelet has done much to tarnish the Opal's reputation. And yet I must admit that there are some forms of Australiana, specifically the type that depicts native flora and fauna, that I find tremendously appealing. Take for example the botanical illustrations of Ferdinand Bauer:
I once attempted to create a fabric print using his illustrations, and would love to see the idea executed by a more skilled hand.
Then of course there's the often brilliant work of Romance Was Born. Though I found their earlier use of May Gibbs' heavenly Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie illustrations a little too literal, their latest collection, "Cooee Couture" is exhilarating and beautiful.
Long live the label's collaboration with Linda Jackson: