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Rose Gold Fire Opal Necklace

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Rose Gold Fire Opal Necklace

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Rose Gold Fire Opal Necklace

55.00

We only use the best quality natural fire opal to be matched perfectly with our "14K Rose Gold plated" Sterling Silver hardware to create this beautiful piece.

- Natural Ethiopian Fire Opal

- 14K Rose Gold plated Sterling Silver 925 - Hypoallergenic

- Stone measurement: Approx 10mm x 8mm

- 16" length

Please note that since each stone’s natural properties are unique, the item you will be receiving may have slight variations from the pictures.

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Ethiopian Opals are usually light in colour and the high grade opals display mesmerising, at times, almost neon flashes of fire. As beautiful as these opals are, they are very temperamental and require special care and handling.

1. Keep Your Ethiopian Opals Away from Water and Liquids.

Ethiopian Opals are "hydrophane", which makes them thirsty for water. If the opals come in contact with water, they will absorb it like a sponge. If the opals are left in water and allowed to soak it up, they may lose their fire temporarily and turn yellow or brown. But don't worry, the fire and colour will come back once the opals have fully dried, which can take a few minutes to weeks, depending on how much water they managed to absorb.

2. Do Not Expose Your Opals to Extreme Changes in Temperature.

Opals are sometimes referred to as "living gems" due to their ability to soak up liquids. Ethiopian opals handle gradual temperature changes well. So when drying an opal that has managed to soak up water and lose its fire, let it dry naturally. Do not try to speed up the process by placing the opals under a hot light or hair dryer.

3. Avoid Liquid Chemicals Around Your Ethiopian Opals.

Because of the opal's "thirstiness", liquids like perfumes, soaps and cleaning products can stains your opals and change their colour. If that happens, try washing them with warm water and wiping with a soft cloth before allowing them to dry on their own.

4. Never Use an Ultrasonic Cleaner or a Steamer.

A lot of jewellers use ultrasonic cleaners to clean gemstone jewellery. While some gemstones can withstand it, Ethiopian opals are more fragile and may crack. To clean your opals, simply wipe away with a soft cloth.

5. Avoid Manual Labour when Wearing Your Opals.

When wearing opal jewellery, you should remember its moderate hardness and toughness. It rates 5.5 to 6.5 on Moh's scale of hardness. This puts them below quartz (7) and emeralds (7.5 to 8) and above pearls and coral (3 to 4). This means that it is best to take off your opal rings and bracelets when trying to build an IKEA bookshelf or weed your garden!

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Care instruction for rose gold and gold plating over sterling silver:
1. To prolong the Gold or Rose gold plating, remove rings, bracelets, etc. when washing hands or hand sanitizer.
2. Avoid your Rose gold or Gold plated jewellery coming into contact with perfume or perfumed lotions. 
3. Avoid direct contact with water (salt or fresh), excessive perspiration, and chemicals such as chlorine, sulfur, detergent and lotion. 
4. Store away in a box or keep it wrapped up. 
5. Wipe lightly your Gold plated piece with a damp cotton cloth to remove surface dirt or dust. Be sure it is completely dry before storing.
6. Do not use a silver cloth or abrasive compounds i.e. baking soda to clean the jewelry.
7. Our pieces are delicate and we take no responsibility for careless wear or storage.