White African Opal is my new favorite thing. I frequently use pearls in designs that need an opaque and cream-colored note, but there are times I've wanted an additional option.

I wanted something that could pair well with everything from glass and crystal to rough matte stones.

Enter White African Opal to the rescue!

I'm loving it paired with bright Swarovski fancy stones. This combo is going to have a bead woven cluster of bright fancy stones, with White African Opal on the sides. The bulk of my design clients want pieces that can go with an LBD, flowing blouse, or crisp button down. The pattern in White African Opal adds both visual interest and a more earthy balance to the crystal.

I'm also planning to rework this piece that includes 10+ years of leftover Agate, chalcedony, pearl, and Quartz. This piece is in my personal collection. It fell out of my necklace rotation when I threw most of my business casual ensembles out the window. I wanted to cut back the number of pearls without sacrificing length. I was afraid I was going to be gutting the entire piece, but I'm confident 20 minutes and a couple well-placed swaps will have me loving this necklace again.

I recently did a commission project for a client that featured tons of DS Premier Garnet, Green Apatite, Citrine and Chinese Turquoise. I've got about 2 inches left of each strand. I wanted to create a design that would make the colors "pop". Metal beads and chain made it look dull. Ditto leather. White African Opal, you may have guessed, has now saved the day.

My most recent Friday night project was my first attempt at a beaded tassel. I'm really loving all the new 2mm rounds! (I had a terrible time trying to shoot this - I'm planning to post a journey of awful outtakes on Facebook, so give Dakota Stones a follow. After you see my attempts, you're sure to feel like a better product photographer by comparison!)

I cannot wait to do more with this multi-tasking neutral, and I'm looking forward to seeing any designs you may want to share with me and our social media followers. Email [email protected] with questions, comments, concerns, pictures of your creations, or requests for future blog topics.

If you want to learn a little more about this stone type, you can also check out our most recent YouTube video (below!)

- Erin, Dakota Stones



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Date 1/21/2020

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