A Rose by the Sea – Opal Carving #IOJDAA

Posted on Aug 1, 2015

$1200 – Entry for the 2015 International Opal Jewellery Design Awards in Australia – IOJDAA A Rose by the Sea by Kerry Jo Montoya Coober Pedy opalized shell carving Size: 21.6 ct and 28x22x9 mm Brightness: B4 Bodytone: N7, semi-black Available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/244329867/a-rose-by-the-sea-opal-carving-semi The front is a rose and I kept the back side as an homage to the shell.  This gorgeous gemstone kept me completely mesmerized while carving....

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TRINITY – Lightning Ridge Black Opal Carving

Posted on Jul 30, 2015

$1200 TRINITY – Lightning Ridge Black Opal Carving 20 ct – 33x29x10 mm Body tone: N3 – The potch is a solid LR Black at N3. Brightness: B2 to B4 – The drop is B2, the triangle is B4, and the spirit wind is B3. I rate the drop at a B2 as it’s harder to see out of the light whereas the other two areas aren’t. But if you’re judging the brightness under the light the drop would have a higher brightness rating. This opal carving comes in a black suspension display box and will show it’s true colors under a display light. The triangle focal point...

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Fairy Dust for your Finger

Posted on Jun 6, 2015

$125.00 | This beautiful .45 ct opal comes from Lightning Ridge Australia.  I hand cut the opal from rough to reveal it’s fire and set the cabochon in a beautiful 0.925 Sterling Silver filigree ring. The opal is rated with a B3 brightness in a milky white base.  It’s pinfire color sparkles like green fairy dust along with salmon red, blue, and gold.  Watch out though.  Get this in the sun and you’ll end up mesmerized! Because this is a natural stone it does have a couple of small pits on the bottom side of the cab.  The face of the opal has a high polish, very smooth.  You...

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World Jade Symposium – Abundance

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

$375 | Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture ABUNDANCE by Kerry Jo Montoya, © 2014 Wyoming Nephrite Jade On Balsa Wood Pedestal 5” x 3.5” This is my sculpture entry into the World Jade Symposium 2014. When my first child was born there was a new love birthed that I’d never before experienced.  That love was deeper and more powerful than anything previously known.  It wasn’t until that point that I fully understood the Father’s sacrifice.  This sculpture is my visualization of that moment. I did not mount this piece as it...

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World Jade Symposium – Mercy Flows – Bronze Award!

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

$395| Getting Started | The Tools | Pendant Creation | Finished Pendant | Sculpture Creation | Finished Sculpture Finally!  It’s finished!  I’m happy to announce that this entry won a Bronze Award at the 2014 World Jade Symposium! MERCY FLOWS by Kerry Jo Montoya, © 2014 My sin was paid With mighty throes Encased in jade His mercy flows Cross Pendant with .925 Sterling Silver Wrap & 16” Chain Wyoming Nephrite Jade, 72mm x 47 mm Lightning Ridge Black Opal 1.5 ct A few years ago I had a batch of potch & color from Lightning Ridge Australia.  While cutting into the parcel I...

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Aussie Double Opal Pendant

Posted on Apr 2, 2014

$125 Original handcrafted artisan jewelry by artist KJ Montoya Lightning Ridge Double Opal Pendant on 16″ Sterling Chain This double opal necklace has a Lightning Ridge Crystal Opal on top with a Lightning Ridge Black Opal on the bottom set in Sterling Silver on a 16″ Sterling chain.  Both opals are gem quality. The delicate movement and bright colors create a stunning piece of jewelry that will make any woman happy.  This will be a fine addition to any woman’s accessories. $125 plus shipping. kjofineart@cox.net With these brilliant colors this Opal Pendant Necklace would...

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