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Australian Boulder Opal Earrings in Sterling Silver

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I had these boulder opals shipped directly from the mines in Australia, which helped save some money. Over here, Boulder opals used to be cheap, but no more. If I bought these in NY, I'd pay about the same for just the stones as you pay for this pair of earrings. This is a great pair. There are some strong flashes of turqoise, there's dark blue and green, in a wavy pattern. Against the little bit of brown that shows, this is a great mix. The stone is of course 100% untreated (and it isn't a doublet).

I know that Welo (Ethiopian) opal is all the rage lately, but I like the Aussies much better. In the good pieces, there's more color. White opal with less play of color - the stuff used in most commercial jewelery - is boring in my view, even though next to the doublet, it's what most people are familiar with.

Because of the long rectangular shape, I had to make the bezels for these earrings by hand, and I polished them only very lightly. Opal is part water, and it can't handle that many chemicals or dinging around. You can let the piece oxidize naturally (that will look nice) or use a polishing cloth on it.

Measurements: the opals themselves are 14x7mm, with the square posts they measure close to an inch. I can switch out the posts if you like. All materials are sterling silver.

Opal is the birthstone of October.

Australian Boulder Opal Earrings in Sterling Silver

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: boulder opal, sterling silver, bezel, studs, posts, cubes
  • Ships worldwide from New Jersey, United States
  • Feedback: 3393 reviews
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