This was made by our owner, Mimi. She loves Australian opal because every single gem has unique colors and color play. Everyone has an "Ah-ha" with color that excites the wearer. Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms.
These beads contain the flashy colors in random spots as well as the matrix it is attached to. These beads are very natural and organic. The strand is finished with a sterling silver round woven catch with negative space. Length is 20 inches.
Opal is considered an October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors.
Natural Australian Opal Strand Faceted 9-11mm with Sterling Silver Catch
The best way to clean opal is with a soft, untreated cloth and mild soapy water. It is recommended to not submerge the gemstone in soapy water. Gently pat dry and be sure jewelry is completely dry before storing or wearing. Store opal jewelry away from other pieces of jewelry as metals and harder gemstones can cause damage to the softer stone.