Archipelago Moon Dragon Pendant

This  one of a kind, Archipelago Moon Dragon Pendant has been gestating for five years.

Archipelago Moon Dragon Opal Pendant

Archipelago Moon Dragon Opal Pendant

I am proud to announce that just last week, John graduated with honors from S.F.S.U. with his Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and Limnology. Everyone knows what marine biology is but not everyone is familiar with the term limnology; the study of inland bodies of water; lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands.

John with Shark Graduation Announcement

John with Shark Graduation Announcement

S.F.S.U. graduation at ATT Park

S.F.S.U. graduation at ATT Park

S.F.S.U. Biology department graduation

S.F.S.U. Biology department graduation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five years ago when John graduated from high school, he was reluctant to leave his friends in Santa Cruz and considered doing his first two years at Cabrillo City College. I pushed for him to leave Santa Cruz and he acquiesced and entered S.F.S.U. as a freshman.

Reef Treasure - 27.5 Carat Australian Korite Opal

Reef Treasure – 27.5 Carat Australian Korite Opal

Moorea, French Polynesia

Moorea, French Polynesia

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t pretend that my bribe to make him a one of a kind 18K gold opal pendant had much to do with his decision but I promised him that when he graduated with a four year degree he could have his pick of any opal in my collection. Wanting to be somewhat surprised John choose several opals and told me to pick one for his custom piece. I chose this Australian Korite Opal because last fall, John did a semester abroad at the Berkeley Gump research center in Moorea. Moorea is part of part of the French Polynesia’s Society Islands archipelago.This intoxicating opal is the color of a tropical reef. The dragon and the opal are the main elements but I created a wave and flame setting around the lower portion of the opal and incorporated both a moonstone and a tourmaline in the design.

We gave John the Archipelago Moon Dragon Opal Pendant this past weekend and he was thrilled.

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