Solid Australian Opal Earrings in 14k with Diamond Accents
Australian Opals accented with 2.5mm brilliant cut round diamonds and 14k gold leaves. These one of a kind earrings are constructed of 14k gold wire and sheet. These beautiful opals look like tiny beach paintings. They measure 8mm by 7mm. Each diamond is a 2.5mm brilliant cut round, which is a 6 pt diamond. The 14k gold leaf is solid gold and cast from an actual live leaf.
Opals begin as a mixture of silicon dioxide and water. When fresh water (from rain or streams) runs down over sandstone, it picks up silica from the sandstone. This silica and water solution finds its way into cracks and crevices. When the water eventually evaporates, only the silica is left and an opal is created.
Diamonds are the hardest materials on Earth. They are 58 times harder than anything on Earth and are formed from intense heat and pressure. Diamonds have been valued and traded since at least the 4th century BC in India, where they were gathered from rivers and streams for the wealthiest people in society. By the 1400's, they had found their way to Europe. Around the 1700's, India's supplies ran low and new mines were discovered in Brazil which dominated the market for 150 years before diamonds were discovered in South Africa. Now diamonds are also mined in Russia, Botswana and The Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Canada. The diamonds used in these earrings are obtained from a conflict free mine.
Opals are the birthstone for October and diamonds are the birthstone for April. Diamond is also the gem for the 60th and 75th wedding anniversaries.
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 cost. Gift wrapping is available free of charge, just convo me if you would like it wrapped.
Free shipping! Free gift wrapping is also available, just let me know if you would prefer this necklace to arrive wrapped.