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Michel Brunelle

    Michel travelled extensively in many parts of the world. While in Honduras, he became involved in opal exploration and discoveries that prompted him to secure opals in the rough with some that were later found by opal experts in the US to be of unknown types.
    Back in Canada he started learning about the process of opal crafting on his own. He worked in his kitchen
    until he moved on to establish one of the largest opal collections in Canada with over 1000 opals for your viewing.
    Michel Brunelle is a consummate craftman whose impressive work with opals continually amazes rnany, including fellow professionals in the trade. Michel’s workmanship scored an incredible 29 points out of a possible 30 with “Uniquely Canada”…a British Columbia showcase of Canadian gift producers.
    Many people ask how opals are formed in nature. In just a few words it can be said that opals have a structure of random arrangement of tiny spheres of silicon and water which when exhibiting a certain regularity have the capacity to reflect light in differing wave-lengths producing the astounding display of colour. Opal occurs in cavities or openings in which silica bearing water can enter and be deposited in thin veins , cracks of a host rock or as a replacement material in the petrifaction process of wood ad other fossil shell and skeletal materials. The term *fire opal” in used in reference to opals in which reds and yellows are dominant. Most opal discoveries in BC are of this variety and are found in the Okanagan and Burns lake area.

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