18CT YELLOW GOLD OPAL STUDS
These gorgeous genuine Opal stud earrings are a perfect piece to add some unique style to your collection. These Opal earrings are a head turner and will have friends and family envious of your style!
The oval cut white Opals have incredible flash and fire of myriad different colours and are 8mm x 6mm in size, or a total of 1.62cts. The organic nature of this stone means no two opals are the same. The stud settings are 18ct Gold heavy basket settings and have an incredible shine and finish, with butterfly backs. An exquisite quality item.
Opals are beautiful gems, with the finest Family Opal specimens containing every colour of the rainbow. Their unique internal colours are one of the most fascinating visual effects created by nature and opalescence is correctly referred to as “play of colour”. Opals are created from hydrated silicon dioxide, and are formed when water-based solutions containing silica, deposited a gel-like substance in gaps and crevices in rocks. Because of this they often form around areas where there are hot springs or geysers.
Gem-quality Opals do, however, have a crystal structure. They are loved for their kaleidoscope of colours and internal flashes of almost neon coloured lights. When you hear White Opal, Grey Opal or Black Opal, the name is referring to the background colour of the Opal.
Opals have been considered both good luck and bad luck throughout history. When Europeans first went to the New World they found the Aztecs of South America mining the gem, and due to its rareness and beauty they took many back to Europe to be presented to the royal courts.
Even Opals set in jewellery still contain an element of water and this can vary between 3% and 20%. Because of this, Opals are considered to be a fairly soft precious stone, measuring between 5.5 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale.
Not all Opals are opaque and there are other body colours available too. Fire Opal is an amazing orange, Yellow Opals can be found in Tanzania and Mali Opals are a delicate green.