Color Your World - Vintage 14K Gold Natural Doublet Black Australian Opal Stud Earrings (VE405)

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Color Your World - Vintage 14K Gold Natural Doublet Black Opal Stud Earrings. These lovely earrings are crafted from 14K yellow gold, hallmarked 14K. The earring features two natural oval cut opals, classic Vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. These wonderful earrings are expertly claw-set with the most beautiful black opals, displaying blue and green flashes of color in different light intensities. They are for pierced ears, and feature posts and secure butterfly backs. These vintage earrings are classic, and so versatile that they can be worn day and night, and with anything and everything! 

History: The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth. Opal is considered an October birthstone. Some people think it's unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal.

Opals with a vivid play-of-color and a black or other dark body color are called black opals. Top-quality black opals are highly prized and were discovered in the legendary Lightning Ridge opal field in Australia in 1903. Opals are typically cut as cabochons or polished free-form to best show the play-of-color. 

It was not until 1946 that opal doublets in Australia really took off, and triplets became common in the 1960s. Opal doublets are made by placing a thin slice of opal which shows flashes of colour onto a backing of potch, black onyx or black glass. the pieces are cemented together. This gives the precious opal stability. 

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

 

Measurements: Earrings 8.50 mm x 6.50 mm 

Stone Size: Black Australian Opal .28 carats   Note: Faces up at .56 carats 

Weight: 1.60 grams 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: Canada        Opals: Australia 

Date: Circa 1980

 

 

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