The owl has served as nature’s greatest symbol of quiet wisdom for centuries. Ever wide-eyed and watchful, its penetrating stare seems to suggest a mind and a soul that contain multitudes. With that in mind, there may be no better way to represent this fiercely intelligent creature than through the carving of boulder opal.
The second most valuable type of opal in the world, boulder opal only appears in thin strips that run through a host rock. As such, stonecutters can really only utilize it by carving the stone in such a way as to display how the opal flows through it. This extremely rare carved owl charm seems to use the opal’s sporadic appearance throughout the piece to suggest the sort of internal complications of a being blessed with exceptional insight.