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Tawa | Unisex Black Boulder Opal Necklace in Sterling Silver & 14kt Gold

Tawa | Unisex Black Boulder Opal Necklace in Sterling Silver & 14kt Gold

Regular price $525.00 USD
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Meet Tawa,

A Unisex, Southwest Style Silver & Gold Black Boulder Opal Pendant

The warm, solid 14 karat yellow gold bezel sets off the cool blue body color of this black Australian boulder opal.  Soft shimmers of color shine throughout the stone, and a vivid, bright rainbow streak of predominantly yellow and orange colors clip the top corner.  Handmade by Mayan artist, Sam Yah, the silver work takes inspiration from the popular Southwest style.  18" sterling silver box chain included.


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The Stone: Natural Black Boulder Opal, solid

  • origin: Quilpie Mining District, Queensland, Australia
  • brightness of color play: 2 to 5 of 5
  • shape: polished oval cabochon cut
  • stone measurements (millimeters): 23.80mm x 13.38mm x 4.01mm
  • stone measurements (inches): 0.9" x 0.5" x 0.2"
  • color play description: Red, blue, green, and purple overtones shine throughout the body; the streak is predominantly yellow and orange, though the full color spectrum is visible.

        The Setting: Handmade Bezel Set Pendant, chain included

        • metal: two-tone .925 sterling silver & 14kt yellow gold, solid
        • stone orientation: North-South
        • pendant length (including bail): 40.57mm (1.6")
        • pendant width: 20.08mm (0.8")
        • bail opening width: 5.30mm
        • pendant weight: 7.81 grams
        • chain: 18" sterling silver box chain


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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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