An Ethiopian Fire Opal, Apatite, and CZ Pendant set in Sterling Silver
- origin: Ethiopia
- stone cut: oval cabochon
- stone measurements: 8.02 x 6.20mm
- treatments: dye
- stone cut: faceted rounds
- stone measurements: 1.22mm
- stone cut: faceted rounds
- stone measurements: 1.33mm
The Setting: Prong Set Sterling Silver Setting, chain included
- .925 sterling silver, solid
- bail measurement: 9.35 x 4.16mm
- pendant measurement: 18.76 x 16.44mm
- chain included
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.
Apatite is a mineral that can come in a variety of colors, including blue, green, violet, pink, yellow, white, colorless, and brown. While stones can come in any shade of these colors, faceted gems are typically vivid and well-saturated. Apatite colors often mimic those of more valuable stones, such as the rare "Paraiba tourmaline," lending some explanation to the Greek name "apatein," which means "to deceive" or "to be misleading."
Apatite's attractive price point as a gem can mainly be attributed to its Mohs hardness ranking of 5. It is a stone that should only be worn in rings for dress, as everyday wear will eventually be noticed. Stones are safest when set in pendants and earrings. We suggest cleaning apatite jewelry with mild soap and water.
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