This is hard to photograph because anywhere I was trying to had light that reflected back off it! Trying to capture the colour in the opal was tricky too.
My grandma bought me this lovely Australian Black Opal Pendant in 1980 when I was 12, I have had it put away all this time (29 years) and don’t ever think I have worn it, the docket is with it too, a precious piece of jewelery I will always treasure, my Gran having left this world now, leaving me with this stunning large heirloom Black Opal Pendant, opal being my October birthstone.


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Vanessa Barklay is RavenMadd, accomplished digital artist who has sold work on and off Red Bubble, lives in Far Nth Queensland, Australia – specializing in Fantasy, Mythology, History and Space inspired artworks.

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  • SofaKingWeird
    SofaKingWeirdover 4 years ago

    Wow, awesome shot. I love opals, you did great.

  • Thanks Troy, have taken this a few times over the weeks and finally felt this one captured it right! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • stephaniek
    stephaniekover 4 years ago

    What a fabulous piece of jewelry and of your Gran as well!! Nice shot………… pulled it off perfectly!!

  • Thanks so much steph, always nice to know you got it right! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 4 years ago

    it’s gorgeous Vanessa, how special… very very :)

  • Yes, certainly is…lovely to know you enjoyed it Karin, thank you!! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • jesika
    jesikaover 4 years ago

    It’s sad that our most precious items rarely leave the safety of their boxes. The perfect Star Sapphire bought for me in Ottawa a zillion years ago is one such. It cannot be replaced and so is never worn.
    Your Opal is intrinsically beautiful, but someone special bought it for you and that elevates it to priceless.
    A lovely stone and a precious memory.

  • Thanks so much jes, I think you covered it wonderfully!!! :O) :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Therese M Smith
    Therese M Smithover 4 years ago

    This is pretty.

  • Thanks alot Therese, nice to know! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Well its absolutely beautiful Vanessa, you did a wonderful job here. Now….you MUST wear it. Its too beautiful to be locked away :-))))))

  • Thank you Lyn, I should too, now I am 40 I think I am ready….lol :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • SelinaEM
    SelinaEMover 4 years ago

    You did well. Its very lovely. Beautiful colours

  • Thanks alot Angel, lovely to hear you like it, they really are that bright too and so vibrant! :O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Definitely old enough not to lose it…..bahahahhahaha

  • lololol one hopes so…:O)

    – Vanessa Barklay

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful colors …:))

  • linmarie
    linmarieover 4 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhh,, but you need to wear it close to your heart,, opal is my birthstone too,, our grands meant for us to enjoy them,, I have been reflecting on that too,, just posted a pic of my grandmas flapper broche and rouge compact and created a still life shot with them,, I have had tucked away so long ,, had to clean them up first of tarnish,, but I do wear the pin,, they are treasures to our hearts,, love linmarie

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