One-of-a-kind opal to ben­e­fit hos­pi­tal

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

the desert around Laver­ton in the Gold­fields.

“Ba­si­cally the rea­son I found the opal was be­cause I got bogged,” Mr Piro­man­ski said. “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.

“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 d456582 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 through PMH Foun­da­tion’s on­line shop at shop.pmh­foun­da­­uct/fire-opal­raf­fle-ticket. Tick­ets are also avail­able and at Sok­lich & Co on An­gelo Street.

The raf­fle will be drawn on Au­gust 2.

Ge­or­gia Kagi (9), of City Beach, holds the Fire Opal neck­lace val­ued at $33,250.

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