Meet Carrie & Heather,
Our Premier Black Opal Platinum Earrings
The Center Stones: Lightning Ridge Black Crystal Opal, solid
- origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia
- brightness of color: 4 of 5
- darkness of bodycolor: 1 of 5
- pear shape cabochon cuts
The Accent Stones: Diamond
- princess cuts
- approximate total carat weight: 0.40ct
- clarity: VS
- color: G-H
The Settings: Handmade Bezel Set Push-Back Earrings
- .950 platinum, solid
- North-South stone orientation
- earring length: 30.71mm (including dangle)
- bezel measurements: 14.54mm x 10.41mm and 14.43 x 10.33mm
- 14kt white gold, solid backs
- Handmade in USA
More About Carrie & Heather:
Exceptionally well matched, unenhanced black crystal opals with desirably dark bodycolor and bright green play of color. Open back earrings allow light to pass through with orange flashes. Clean, white princess cut diamonds are set in front of friction pushback posts.
While many believe opal to come only in a traditional white hue, this common misconception cannot be more inaccurate. With over 200 varieties of natural opal discovered so far, the historically referred "Queen of Gems" can come in a wide variety of colors- before the stone's famous "play of color" rainbow effect is even taken into consideration. Over 90% of the world's opal is produced in Australia with other well-known deposits located in Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil, and the United States.
Chemically, opal is an integrated combination of water and silica. Water content in opal can range from 3% to 21% by weight, with average jewelry material ranging between 6% and 10%. Because of this, it is advised to store your opal jewelry with care; safes and bank vaults can be notoriously dry. We suggest storing opal in an airtight container along with a piece of water-moistened cotton when dry storage conditions are anticipated. Some varieties are more resilient to harsh conditions than others. It is safe to clean solid opal jewelry with warm water, mild soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid chemicals, harsh abrasives, and ultrasonic cleaners.