Yes, that is a fire opal resting on a tortilla chip.
Here's the back story.
April 14 is our wedding anniversary. We met for lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. We ordered our usual pre-meal chips and salsa. We munched on the chips and talked about our life...you know, anniversary stuff! We ate our meal, drank our sodas and nibbled on a few more chips. I lifted up a chip and looked at it carefully. Then I held it up as if it were a pendant. We both declared that it was a lovely shape and would look incredible in silver.
We then began to dig through the basket of chips looking for other aesthetically pleasing pieces of fried tortillas. We found one other chip worthy of becoming the model for a piece of 'fine art jewelry'.
I cradled these two precious chips in my hand as we left the restaurant. I'm sure the staff that bid us "Have a nice day" wondered why I was carrying out two tortilla chips.
I placed the chips carefully in the car, Josh took them home...and carefully placed them in our "up-and-coming" jewelry stash.
Tonight...I pulled out the fire opal and the tortilla chip.
Stay tuned for the final product!
...and if you want to know how to keep your tortilla chips fresh...