Australian Opal Pendant, Opal Necklace in 14k Gold and Sterling Silver, October Birthstone, February Birthstone
One of a kind, triple stone pendant with two Australian Opal doublets and one cushion shape Amethyst. The Amethyst is a 7mm square, the oval opal is 8mm by 6mm and the opal teardrop is 9mm by 6mm. I've set the stones in fine silver bezels and accented them with 14k gold balls, bringing the gold ball detail up on the pendant bail. This pendant is approximately 1 1/2" from the top of the gold ball on the bail to the bottom gold ball. It is shown with a 20" sterling silver oxidized box chain, but you can get it with a snake chain or, if you have your own favorite chain, just purchase the pendant by itself. If you would prefer a 16" or 18" chain, those are available just message me for prices.
Opals begin as a mixture of silicon dioxide and water. When fresh water (from rain or streams) runs down over sandstone, it picks up traces of silica from the sandstone. This silica and water solution finds its way into cracks and crevices in trees or boulders. When the water evaporates, the silica is left (with minute amounts of water trapped in the molecules), and an opal is created! The process, although seemingly simple, takes millions of years. Opals are all one of a kind and each captures its own unique beauty. Opals are about 5-6 on the Moh's scale of hardness which is about the same hardness as glass. Care should be taken so they are not scratched. To protect their beauty, they should not be stored in direct sunlight. They deserve to be treated gently so I also recommend removing them when playing sports or doing any strenuous activities. They should also be removed when showering because they can be affected by perfumes, cleansers or other chemicals. With a little TLC, they will become a family heirloom!
The beautiful grape like color of amethyst led early Greeks to associate amethyst with Bacchus, the god of wine. Other legends reflected beliefs that amethyst kept its wearer clear-headed and quick-witted in battle and in business affairs. It was believed that wearing amethyst prevented drunkenness.
Fine amethysts have been set in religious jewelry and royal crown jewels for centuries. It was once considered equal in value to ruby, emerald, and sapphire. It’s no wonder that fine amethyst adorns the fingers of bishops as well as the coronation regalia of British royalty.Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the emblems of the twelve apostles.
This pendant will arrive in a beautiful gift box with a free polishing cloth. Like all my jewelry, it comes with a lifetime warranty. If it ever needs a repair, just send it to me and I will fix it and return it to you at no charge.