16 Oct Spotlight on Opals, Their Origins and The Complicated Lives of the Miners Who Find Them With Actress-Designer Tatiana Ikasovic of Fade to Black
Meet this week’s guest, Tatiana Ikasovic, Founder of Fade to Black.
What you’ll learn
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but after hearing about opals’ origins, you may want to switch it up. Opals are, after all, one of the rarest stones in the world. And black opals, which are native to Fade to Black’s founder Tatiana Ikasovic’s hometown in Australia, are the rarest of the rare. But how do you tell a real opal from a fake one? And what are the conditions for miners like? Learn more about these iridescent stones in this week’s episode.
How you’ll be inspired
Sometimes seemingly disparate pursuits and parts of our lives support and complement each other more than we realize. Take Tatiana’s story for instance: she started out as an actress (and still is) before diving into her father’s world of gemstones and jewelry. She says that she still brings that to her business, and instead of detracting from her focus, it’s strengthened her entrepreneurial skills by allowing her to quickly improvise and adapt. It’s also gave her the confidence to face whatever may come head on, as one would on stage.
What you’ll tell your friends
I was listening to the Spirit of 608 podcast this week, and wow, opals are fascinating! Did you know that the world’s supply of Australian opals come from miners who practically live underground all the time? Australia’s landscape is famous for these “dugouts” or cave-like homes built to withstand the outback’s heat. Australia is also incredibly protective of its land: miners are mandated to put back all the soil that was dug up and plant a tree on their site afterwards. In fact, according to Tatiana, Australian opal miners actually leave the land better than it was before.
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