Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Gifts for Her - Opal and Handmade


Because of superstitions, the opal is not usually used for its metaphysical properties; although, it is the stone of faithfulness, protection and loyalty. The opal is one of the most beautiful of all gemstones, so superstition or not, this gemstone is very popular in modern jewelry.  It is also a rarity, so you see many man-made opals in today's jewelry.

The opal is most often a soft, milky white silica stone that is mined from cracks and crevices that are surrounded by water.  Rare among opals is the black opal, which is darker in color, rather than all black. The black opal is extremely expensive and is best found in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales. Other places you will find the opal is Australia, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Honduras.

By Lech Darski - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The most appealing part of the opal is, no matter what the color of the stone itself, the brilliant iridescent flashes of color that it displays when the sun hits it.

While the opal may not be favored in meditations, it is favored when adding color to jewelry.

Here are a selection of other handmade gift ideas that add color and have no superstition attached to them.

Wood Mom Rules Word-art And Heart Decor Shelf Sitter Handmade from Cherry Wood

Kevs Krafts 

Nautical Photo Locket Necklace, Anchor Locket Necklace

Victorian Style Treasures 

Knit Scarf, Brioche Knitting, Navy and Autumn

Crafting Memories 

Knitted Scarf Autumn Color Viscose Chenille Hand Dyed Yarn

Magdalene Knits 

Acrylic Rainbow Colors Stretch Bracelet


Aztec Ethnic Double Cord BOHO Ladybug Charm Burgundy Artisan Bracelet

Kats All That 

Handmade Lampwork Glass Lentil Bead Set

Covergirl Beads 

Daisy Flower Earrings

Shadow Dog Designs 

Multicolored Wood Beaded Necklace, Part Chain Necklace

The Singing Beader 

3 Butterflies 4 x 6 Original Watercolor paintings


Purple and Yellow Flower Beaded Bracelets for Women with Chunky Beads

Blue Morning Expressions 

If you didn’t see something that you thought would be the perfect Mother’s Day gift idea, then contact any of these artists, and ask them to help you create something.

More gift ideas for Mom can be found here:

Countdown to Mother’s Day Week 1

Countdown to Mother’s Day Week 2

Countdown to Mother’s Day Week 3

Countdown to Mother’s Day Week 4

Gifts for Her – Diamonds and Handmade

Gifts for Her – Jasper

Gifts for Her–Amethyst and Handmade

Hurry and buy your handmade Mother’s Day gift now; handmade gifts sell out fast!



  1. Opal is definitely a favorite gemstone. I remember being mesmerized by my Mom's engagement ring, which was an opal (and that I treasure and wear every once in a while - still mesmerized by it). As always, a great read with lots of colorful Mother's Day gift ideas. Thanks for including my earrings. Will share the post and the items far and wide. Treats to Handsome Harry Dog from the Watchful Moose.

  2. Enjoyed reading your interesting information on Opals. Seems like everyone loves them! I also enjoyed seeing all these colorful handmade items. Thank you for including my wooden bead half chain necklace. Shared!

  3. Interesting facts about the opal, thank you for sharing. Thank for including my nautical locket necklace.
    Off to share.

  4. Thank you Julie - I just saw your lovely Opal Blog! I always look forward to your interesting bits of information of various gemstones, etc. Thank you for including my Viscose Chenille Scarf among your treasures.

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  5. Thank you, Julie and Little Harry. Also, thank you for including my scarf. Shared.

  6. I have recently become obsessed with watching videos on opal mining and cutting. It is amazing what the miners have to go through to get the smallest gemstones. Thank you for the very interest blog.

  7. Julie and Harry, thanks so much for including my bracelet. Pinned all.