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Lighting Ridge Black Opal Pendant in Sterling Silver Hammered Ring

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I am getting totally into opals lately. I started out with some boulder opal material, now I am moving to black opals, which are my favorite. They have a black overall body tone, and they are usually thicker than the white or crystal opals, both of which make them easier to work with - you don't have to oxidize the background behind them and they are fairly easy to set. They are not doublets and not treated in any other way.

The origin of this piece is Lightning Ridge, Australia and I had it shipped directly from there. By contrast, Welo opal (from Ethiopia) is mostly white opal and has less play of color. Very few pieces are attractive to me, and the prices have jumped way out of proportion. This piece, though small, has nice broad flash. I tried photographing it from different angles so you could see (it's much nicer than in the pictures actually). Viewed straight on, there is not as much flash right in the center, but when it moves on your skin, it flashes all over the place in green and also some blue. The body tone is 3N.

Because it's a cabochon, I set the opal in a more "rugged" environment, off center into a hammered sterling ring. The opal measures 7x5mm, and the ring has an 18mm diameter. The snake chain is 18 inches long. Please let me know if you want a different chain or no chain at all (in which case I can refund you $15).

Opal is the birthstone of October.

Lighting Ridge Black Opal Pendant in Sterling Silver Hammered Ring


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: sterling silver, bezel, black opal, lightning ridge, oval cabochon, sterling chain, hammered ring, black
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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