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Our Handmade, Asymmetrical Boulder Opal Earrings
The Stones: Quilpie Boulder Opal, solid
- origin: Quilpie, Queensland, Australia
- brightness of color: 5 of 5
- polished freeform triangle and square cuts
- triangle stone measurements: 19.58mm x 16.3mm x 3.55mm
- square stone measurements (corner to corner): 20.41mm x 19.76mm x 4.5mm
- exceptional brightness
The Settings: Handmade Bezel Set French Wire Dangle Earrings
- 14kt yellow gold, solid
- approximate earring length: 1.5 inches (including dangle)
- wire thickness: 1mm
- Handmade in USA
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Stones were hand-cut in-house to maximize color concentration. A wide spectrum of colors are visible, and most are bright enough to be seen from a distance. Asymmetric style is unique, but not overwhelming to the look they capture.
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.