Natural Welo Opal Dangle Earrings

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Simple yet stunning, these lovely earrings feature natural Ethiopian Welo opal briolette beads, wire wrapped in your choice of filled gold or sterling silver. The transparent stones glow richly in natural light, and reflect light smoothly over their polished surfaces. These lightweight, beautiful yet simple earrings would be gorgeous on a bride on her wedding day!

Stone: Natural, untreated Ethiopian Welo opal
Cut: Teardrop shaped polished briolettes
Color: Translucent with a creamy-colored glow and lots of colorful flashes
Measurements: Approximately 2.5 centimeters long from end of the ear wire
Ear wires: Hand made from sterling silver or filled gold

Precious opal is known for its remarkable ability to diffract light, which results in rainbow-like colors that change with the angle of observation - known as 'play of color'. The name opal was probably derived from the Greek word "opallus," which means to see a change in color. Later, the Latin word "opalus" evolved, meaning precious stone. In the days of Roman antiquity there existed a so-called "opalus," or a "stone from several elements". Pliny the Elder, the famous Roman author, called opal a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones: the fine sparkle of almandine (diamond), the shining purple of amethyst, the golden yellow of topaz, and the deep blue of sapphire, "so that all colors shine and sparkle together in a beautiful combination". According to an old Australian Aboriginal legend, the Creator came down from the heavens on a rainbow and delivered a message of peace for all mankind. Stones that were near the place where His feet touched the ground suddenly came to life and began to sparkle. This was believed to be the birth of opal. Opal is the traditional birthstone for October.

Your order will come packaged in an attractive paper kraft box with a soft foam insert, perfect for gifting!