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Karina | Estate Natural Crystal Opal Necklace in Gold Plated Base Metal

Karina | Estate Natural Crystal Opal Necklace in Gold Plated Base Metal

Regular price $225.00 USD
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Meet Karina,

An Estate Natural White Crystal Opal Necklace

Cameras do the Australian opal in this necklace little justice- brilliant pinkish reds play brightly, especially in the sunlight.  The necklace itself is an oddity; though incorrectly stamped "925" on the back of the bail, indicating sterling silver, the piece is actually a high-karat gold plated base metal, instead.  Why this setting was chosen for a natural opal of this particular quality by the original owner is an unknown mystery.  18 inch gold plated curb link chain is included.

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The Stone: Natural White Crystal Opal, solid

  • origin: Coober Pedy, Australia
  • brightness of color play: 3 to 4 of 5
  • shape: oval cabochon cut
  • stone measurements (millimeters): 8.40mm x 6.37mm
  • stone measurements (inches): 0.33" x 0.25"
  • color play description: Full color spectrum is visible, predominantly pinkish red and orange

        The Setting: Bezel & Epoxy Set Pendant, chain included

        • metal: likely 18kt gold plated base metal
        • stone orientation: North-South
        • pendant length (including bail): 27.40mm (1.1")
        • pendant width: 8.89mm (0.33")
        • bail opening width: 1.59mm
        • pendant weight: 1.09 grams

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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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