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Contrast & Capture

I couldn’t take my eyes off these gems. Honestly, where had they been all my life? There was so much to these Australian dendritic opals: they’re visually tactile with lovely neutral tones and tiny little wintery scenes. Their organic beauty immediately captured my interest at the Gem Show. Perhaps the most compelling element of the opals is the contrast: the contrast of translucent and opaque, black and white, and fine detail against stark white background. They seem to say, “Hey, look at me! I’m interesting, complex and I’m beautiful!” As you may have guessed, I am a huge fan of contrast in all things: people, flavors, flowers, colors, nature, photography, textures. Contrast makes things interesting.. It is the thing that...

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