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Floating Pearl and Opal Drop Earrings


$200
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Pliny the Elder wrote in 75 BCE that opals "display at once the piercing fire of rubies, the purple brilliancy of amethysts and the sea-green of emeralds, the whole blended together and flashing with a brightness that is quite incredible…while others speak of it as resembling the flame of burning brimstone.” In fact, the word "opal" comes from ancient Byzantine Greek word, opallios, which means "to change color." 

 

These natural opals are veined with fire, shifting from white to blue to red as the light catches. Suspended as if floating in mid air, a 10mm natural pearl dangles on an 18k gold vermeil chain. 

 

18k Gold Vermeil

Solid 925 sterling silver plated with a 3 micron thick layer of 18 karat gold. Five times thicker than industry standard gold plating and composed entirely of precious metals. Gold Vermeil is a French technique that is a significant step up from regular gold-plated jewelry, which is most often made from cheap brass with a thin flash-plating of gold.

 

  • 3mm prong-set natural cabochon opal
  • 10mm natural baroque pearl
  • Butterfly earring back
  • All metal is 18k gold vermeil
  • 10cm chain length
  • Sold as a pair

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