Australian Opal with Ethiopian Opal and Tanzanite Statement Ring in 14k and Sterling Silver
One of a kind, double opal statement ring with faceted tanzanite, solves the opal question-which type of opal is prettier- Australian or Ethiopian? The oval Ethiopian sparkles with multiple colors and measures 8mm by 6mm. The freeform Australian opal is a crystal opal that is 11mm by 7mm and looks like an underwater landscape. The center stone is a faceted tanzanite and is 7mm by 5mm. All the gems are set in a 3mm wide 14k bezel with the tanzanite having a 14k wire border to frame it. The 14k gold balls are approximately 2mm. The backplate and the split shank band are sterling silver. This ring is a size 7.5 and can be stretched slightly to a 7.75. If neither of these are your size, I have a large collection of opals for you to choose from to design your own ring that will fit you perfectly.
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. Some 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, gardening or doing any 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.
Tanzanite is only found in Northern Tanzania in a very small mining area (4.3 by 1.2 miles). It was discovered there in 1967 near Mt. Kilimanjaro and is noted for its beautiful blue violet color. Tanzanite is the birthstone for December.
This ring 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.
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