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I am easily seduced by opals... they're just magical, in any of their many colors. This one is a triangular specimen cut from, and including, the matrix that surrounds it - the color is a mix of salmon and brick red, pale apricot and burnt orange. The stone has a lot of depth and almost cave-like interest, but it does not have the fire that is seen in some stones, and I have priced it accordingly. Nonetheless it is a really pretty stone - very unique and quite lovely. I set it in a handmade sterling silver bezel, on a hammered and oxidized sterling back plate, accented by reclaimed sterling silver granules. The bail is soldered on, and bears my mark. I have it strung on a leather cord with one of my handmade sterling silver clasps.

** NOTE: The leather cord is 20" long... if you would like it longer or shorter, please drop me a note when you check out, and I will change it. OR - you may have it on a sterling silver chain - one example is shown in the 4th picture. If you would like chain, please message me BEFORE you check out, and I will create a special listing for you - there will be a $9 to $12 surcharge, depending on which chain you would like, and how long you would like it to be.

* Leather cord - 20" long, with handmade sterling clasp (see above if you would like to change that)
* Stone - (not including the setting): shortest side - the top - is 12,8 mm; longest side is 14,6 mm, and it is about 7,8 mm thick
* Backplate - 25,2 mm wide by 32,2 mm long, including the bail



Care of your Opal:

Mexican Fire Opal is considered a mineraloid and has no crystal structure. Opals are far from the most delicate of stones, but they do require a little special care. Their biggest weakness has to do with their water content, which varies from stone to stone - from as little as 3% in a cut stone to as high as 10%. If an opal is allowed to dry out completely, it will crack and craze. In most cases, they do not need any special care while stored. However, if you live in a very dry climate, or keep them in a dehumidified room, some precautions are necessary – it is easiest to store in a tightly closed plastic bag, out of strong direct light. (Some opal sellers recommend either soaking occasionally in lukewarm water, or storing with a damp rag in the plastic bag – not the most convenient solution.) Since opals are porous, it is not recommended that you soak them in anything BUT water. Wipe gently with a soft cloth to remove dust, and try to avoid extreme temperature changes, and your opal will give you many years of enjoyment in return.

Mexican Fire Opal and Sterling Silver Oxidized Pendant on Leather - Artisan Necklace Unique Salmon Stone


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: opal, mexican fire opal, sterling silver, leather, chain, handmade clasp, bezel, sterling silver sheet
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 235 reviews
  • Favorited by: 13 people