Fire and water. Would you believe these warm gemstones, full of light and sparkle, have a high water content? Opal forms at low temperatures in the fissures of rock. Precious opal is composed of silica spheres and anywhere from 5% to 20% H2O!
Welo Opals are a fairly new find. Within the past 20 years, the discovery of these bright, volcano-born stones in Ethiopia has made this phenomenon more affordable and accessible. Ethiopian Opals typically have a light background and vivid yellow-orange to bright green fire. When worn on dark colors, the shadows in the beads read is as milky blue.
These are the largest, most colorful opal beads we have in stock. The faceting makes the opal sparkle even more! Strung on tiger tail (intertwined wire threads under nylon) using Sterling Silver findings, this necklace can be adjusted as short as 17" and as long as 20" using the easy-to-secure chain with teardrop accent bead. The beads were carefully graduated (arranged by size) from 4mm to 6mm. Weighs 11.4 grams
Ancient Greeks believed opal imparted prophetic and protective powers. It is one of October's birthstones. This necklace contains over 160 beads of slightly varying, irregular rondelle shapes. Its beauty is truly one of a kind.
Natural Opal is fragile. With a hardness of 5.5-6 and a brittle structure, all opal jewelry should be handled with care, stored in a safe place where it cannot be scratched, cracked, or exposed to extreme temperatures. It can be cleaned with a soft jewelry polishing cloth, which we will provide. Never use abrasives or cleansing solutions on opals. See our Jewelry Care page for more tips.
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