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Hap | Vintage Cantera Fire Opal Ring in Sterling Silver, c.1970's

Hap | Vintage Cantera Fire Opal Ring in Sterling Silver, c.1970's

Regular price $285.00 USD
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Meet Hap,

Our Vintage Navajo-Style Cantera Opal Ring

This 1970's ring is handcrafted in sterling silver and signed "HAP" by the likely Navajo artist.  The natural Mexican cantera fire opal exhibits a jelly-like glow of blue, purple, green, orange, red, and yellow colors over an orangish volcanic ash matrix; photos do this opal little justice.


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The Stone: Natural Cantera Fire Opal, solid

  • origin: Mexico
  • brightness of color: 4 of 5
  • shape: oval shaped cabochon
  • stone measurements (millimeters): 14.23mm x 10.79mm
  • stone measurements (inches): 0.6" x 0.4"
  • play of color description: full color spectrum visible, predominantly purple/blue/green
  • matrix color: brownish pinkish orange

      The Setting: Bezel Set Navajo-Style Split Shank Ring

      • metal: .925 sterling silver, solid
      • stone orientation: North-South
      • top of ring width: 31.09mm (1.25")
      • ring height from finger: 7.25mm (0.3")
      • ring weight: 8.83 grams
      • default ring size: 7.00
      • closed-back design
      • signed "HAP" by the unknown artist
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      About Opal

      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.

      Shipping, Handling, & Inventory

      Your order will be processed and shipped within 4 business days.  All shipments are insured by the United States Postal Service, and most orders of $500 or more will require signature confirmation upon delivery.

      While we work hard to present our online customers with accurate inventory availability, we reserve the right to cancel and refund a sale if the item is sold somewhere else first.

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