Graceful Opal Earrings
A gorgeous statement, these¬†stunning earrings¬†exclusively from Metalsmiths Sterling feature a fiery opal accented with two round high intensity cubic stones set in sleek sterling silver.¬†
The opal earrings feature classic hook style hangers. Each earring measures about 35mm in total length and 8mm across the widest point.¬†Each round, cabochon cut opal gemstone is about 4.5mm in diameter.
Because it contains the colours of other gems, ancient Romans believed opal to be the most powerful gemstone: the Bedouin people claim opals fell from the sky during thunderstorms and contain lightning.
Opal is one of the birthstones for October, but is much admired because every stone holds a unique fire, an interplay of colours including reds, oranges, greens and blues that flash as the stone interacts with the light.
Avoid chemicals or ultrasonic treatments when cleaning opals (or, really any sterling silver jewelry - we prefer our iconic polishing cloth as a way to care for your jewelry): it is inadvisable to soak or immerse your opal in water as the stone is not amenable to major fluctuations in humidity or temperature. Opal is a softer stone, similar in hardness to glass, so remove your opal jewelry if you feel it may collide with something during an activity.
Contains gemstones sourced solely through socially responsible suppliers able to demonstrate fair trade practices.
Sterling silver, hypoallergenic and nickel free.