Apache Tasseled Bag with Boulder Opal
Introducing our new uniquely Australian composition!
This luxurious version of our signature Apache Tasseled Bag is made of supple and soft distressed Italian leather in light tan with long, softly flowing suede tassels. Carefully inlaid into our iconic hand tooled & hand dyed leather panels are two solid natural Queensland Boulder Opals.
These precious stones come from Opal fields in South West Queensland, Australia. Both have been carefully hand carved by Byron Bay based Opal artist Isaac Andreou, whose family has been working with Opals for generations. Each stone has been cut and polished to follow the natural contour of its undulating face. The colours of the larger stone are electric green and turquoise in a pin fire pattern with medium colour play. The matching smaller Opal inlaid into the strap detail displays a full face of colour with green, blue, yellow, and orange tinges.
The rugged feel of each of these gemstones, combined with the shimmering iridescent colours showing through them add an all new quality to our most beloved design.
The piece has been infused with extra love and super special finishing touches. It comes with two feather attachments. The larger feather clip features some of our most beautiful, soft feathers & vivid green Australian Chrysoprase beads that work perfectly with the earthy feel of this gorgeous bag. All the fittings are solid brass, and include our signature Eagle buckle, specially made for Buffalo Girl. The panels on the front feature our beautiful Eagle Feather carving complete with elegant stamping, providing a beautiful frame for the Opal embellishment. Carved into the back panel is the Rainbow Serpent.
The Indigenous Australian origins of Opal are part of the Rainbow Serpent Story. This particular Dreamtime story tells of the creator, the Rainbow Serpent who lived underground. She carried all the animal tribes in her belly. When it was time, she pushed up through the earth, throwing the land out and creating the mountains and hills. She made fire and all the colours of the earth as she wound her way through the lands. She carried up the frogs who had stored all the water in their bellies and woke them up by tickling them. The water poured out and made the oceans and the rivers from the patterns she had made. Some of this water remained within the cracks of the earth, deep below where she had slithered through, leaving behind a trail of her mystical rainbow hues and powers of creation, the Opal.
- Leather bag with long suede tassels
- Hand tooled vegetable tan decorative leather panels
- Two individually handpicked Boulder Opal stones inlaid into leather panels
- Roomy inside with a handy, easily accessible pocket
- Solid brass fittings including Phoenix Eagle buckle
- The bag comes with two detachable tasselled feather clips
- Large feather clip features Australian Chrysoprase beads
- Dimensions: 33cm x 30cm
- Strap on shortest setting: 90cm, on longest setting: 105cm
All of the feathers used in Buffalo Girl products are from certified feather dealers and found when out exploring the trail.
To make sure you have the genuine Buffalo Girl bag, always look for our logo!
Queensland Boulder Opals are natural wonders of Australia. This unique precious stone is extracted from Opal fields in western Queensland. It is a mixture of ironstone and Opal that are either layered or in a matrix. Opals display all the colours of the rainbow in an iridescent moving pattern of green, blue, yellow, red, purple, aqua, and pink.
What we love about Boulder Opals is the combination of their rugged, earthy beauty with the stunning colours shimmering beneath the surface, making it a uniquely magnificent precious stone. As such, Boulder Opal is known to bring out inner beauty.
Thanks to the full array of colours it contains within itself, it is believed to have balancing abilities, promoting emotional security and mental clarity. Opals are also known to stimulate originality and creativity and encourage freedom and independence.