I want to show you the necklace I made for my 40th wedding anniversary. I told my husband that in this day & age 40 years is a significant achievement & I wanted a piece of jewelry to mark that occasion. The necklace is made of Owyhee blue opals. He suggested opal because that is my birthstone. I went looking online & found these. They are mined in Oregon. The beads are faceted pillow shaped & they have a beautiful sheen. I used white lotus saltwater pearls too. I am proud when I wear this necklace. I hope you like it too.