AN opal necklace worth more than $30,000 is up for grabs from a South Perth jeweller as part of a PMH Foundation fundraiser.
Donated by Piroman Gemstones, the PMH Foundation are raffling the $33,000 necklace known as the Fire Opal to support children cared for at PMH’s burns unit.
Prospector Peter Piromanski discovered the one-of-a-kind jewel during a prospect in ancient geological formations in the desert around the Coober Pedy region in outback South Australia.
“Basically the reason I found the opal was because I got bogged. I was out prospecting travelling along old ocean beds which run through the desert in WA, and one day I misjudged a creek and my trailer went up and my car went down,” Mr Piromanski said.
“So I put my billy on and dug myself out.
“By the time I’d reached the road the sun was going down so I camped out the night and in the morning was having my second coffee when I looked down and saw this opal and thought ‘wow that’s what I’m looking for’.”
Mr Piromanski and his wife Vikki commissioned Perth jeweller Sally Brown to set the jewel in a unique necklace in an 18-karat white gold setting.
The necklace is now on display at Soklich & Co in South Perth.
Fire Opal raffle tickets are now available for sale for $20 per ticket through PMH Foundation’s online shop.
Tickets are also available at Soklich & Co on Angelo Street in South Perth.
The raffle will be drawn on August 2.