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Oh Opal!: Re-imagining Australia’s National Gemstone

Exhibition  /  17 Jul 2012  -  28 Jul 2012
Published: 05.07.2012
Studio 20/17
Management:
Bridget Kennedy and Melanie Ihnen
Claire McArdle. Brooch: Emu, 2012. Hand-carved Lightning Ridge opal, sterling silver. Front & back. Claire McArdle
Brooch: Emu, 2012
Hand-carved Lightning Ridge opal, sterling silver
Front & back
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Intro
(...) It’s a conundrum! What to do with the opal? Why don’t more Australians love it? Since Roman times, the world has been fascinated by the opal. (...)

Artist list

Justine Austen, Dianne Beevers, Femi Coppi, Susan Frisch, Mary Hackett, Jill Hermans, Gillian Hillman, Inari Kiuru, Claire McArdle, Karyn Nankivell, Christine Scott-Young, Justin Siow, Karen Thompson, Amy Zubick

An exhibition by Part B a Melbourne-based research jewellery group

It’s a conundrum! What to do with the opal? Why don’t more Australians love it? Since Roman times, the world has been fascinated by the opal. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were great proponents of this mysterious gemstone, and Art Nouveau master René Lalique used it to great effect in his jewellery designs. In Australia, however, the opal still languishes, perhaps a result of one too many souvenir teaspoons. But given our bounty of these brilliantly-coloured beauties (Australia’s opal fields are bigger than the rest of the world’s combined), surely there is more to be done to improve the opal’s lot!? Melbourne-based research jewellery group Part B takes on the challenge of exploring the history and legend surrounding the opal and bringing a new fire to this strange and alluring gemstone. 

Karen Thompson. Pendant: Opal04, Opal05 and Opal07, 2012. Sterling silver, opal doublet, fine silver, paper, Perspex. Karen Thompson
Pendant: Opal04, Opal05 and Opal07, 2012
Sterling silver, opal doublet, fine silver, paper, Perspex
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Justin Siow. Brooch: Chrysolopus spectabilis, 2012. 100% recycled 925 silver, 100% recycled 375 gold, one rectangular piece of titanium, stainless steel. Justin Siow
Brooch: Chrysolopus spectabilis, 2012
100% recycled 925 silver, 100% recycled 375 gold, one rectangular piece of titanium, stainless steel
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