Australian opal is a very unique gemstone that requires very special circumstances for it to form in nature. Opal is the only gem known to man that has the natural ability to diffract light. The colors in the opal occur when the light entering the stone is split by the voids between the particles in the stone. The alignment and the size of the spheres and voids inside the gem, as well the the light source, determine the colors produced. To view the maximum fire of the opal the light source must be coming over your shoulder.
Over the last 44 years Mark Hileman has inlaid every material imaginable in his jewelry. However, Mark's material of choice for his gold jewelry has been Australian opal. Over the years he has established lasting relationships with the elite of Australia's opal miners and dealers to ensure that he continues to obtain the best opal available for his outstanding Australian opal jewelry.
Mark Hileman's opal jewelry designs include opal wedding ring sets, men's and women's rings, pendants, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. Mark's exquisite opal jewelry has been sold in upscale art galleries, fine jewelry stores and department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. You will find Hileman opal jewelry designs worn by celebrities, art lovers and opalholics wordwide.
"There is no other material that I know of that is as exciting to work with as Australian opal. Its variations of light, pattern and color are endless." - Mark Hileman
Phoenix, Arizona USA
Mark Hileman Australian opal jewelry is available through several galleries and jewelry stores in the US. Here is a list of retailers representing Mark's work. Contact the retailer nearest you for purchasing information.
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