A Bright Black Opal and Diamond Necklace
The Main Stone: Black Opal, solid
- origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia
- carat weight: 8.60 carats
- brightness of color: 4.5 of 5
- darkness of bodycolor: 3 of 5
- measurements: 19mm x 8.9mm x 5mm
- oval cabochon cut
- predominant colors: blue and green with yellow highlights
The Side Stones: Diamond
- approximate total weight: 0.50ct
- faceted round, princess, and baguette cuts
- average clarity: SI
- average color: H-I
The Setting: Cast and Assembled Bezel, Prong, and Channel Set Necklace on chain
- 14kt yellow gold, solid
- square wheat chain is attached to the piece and cannot be removed
- chain length: 17 inches
- chain thickness: 0.85mm
- "C" clasp
More About Tamilee:
Estate diamond pendant we gave our own colorful twist. This stone exhibits exceptionally bright color flashes in sunlight. Hints of red appear when held or worn against bare skin.
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.