Black Opal and Silver Necklace
In this necklace, the sleek modern triangular shape of the rare Australian Black Opal pendant meets more traditional string made of Black Welo Ethiopian Fire Opal (5 mm beads) and oxidized Karen Hill Tribe silver. The necklace is 18" long without the pendant, the pendant adds another 43 mm. The pendant is triangular, sleek, 35 mm at the base.
The color of the necklace is most beautiful and changes depending on the light. It varies from almost black with a a little red and green of the embers of a dying fire, to magnificent green and blue fireworks on a the black sky in bright light. The photos barely give it justice, but even on the photos you can see the difference in color depending on the light, and the beautiful play of blue, green and some red on the black.
Opal Jewelry is mentioned as early as in the Roman Empire. It was an a beautiful opal that Marcus Antonius was planning to give to his Cleopatra. The said opal however belonged to a politician named Nonius, who did not have any plans to sell it to Marcus Antonius, and for that was banished from Rome. Since then, opals are among the favorite gems of royalty through the centuries. Queen Victoria of England was particularly fond of it.
Opals come in a range of colors from nearly transparent, to yellow, blue, orange, rainbow, and black. Black opals are considered the most valuable variety.
For a long time, Australia had no rivals in mining opals, until relatively recently. In 1998 opals were discovered in Ethiopia, and subsequently, large deposits were found in Welo, Ethiopia. There appears to be a substantial rivalry between Australia and Ethiopia, each claiming the superior quality of their opals. The necklace we offer combines both Ethiopian and Australian varieties.
The Opal is a birthstone for the month of October and the gemstone represents the 14th and 18th wedding anniversaries.
About Karen Hill Tribe silver:
The Karen Hill Tribe people are part of the ancient tribes originating from the mountains of Tibet and can be traced back to the 12th century. The 20 Hill tribes, numbering over 7 million people altogether, are spread over regions between Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar (Burma), with the Karen tribe being the largest. Most Karen Hill tribe villages are remote farming communities in the dense jungle covering the hills of this region.
Handmade silver has been for centuries the sign of wealth and status. The handmade silversmith tradition goes back centuries. The silver used by these silversmiths is very fine, 99.8-99.9% pure silver, which is substantially higher in silver content than the 92.5% sterling silver. The hand-hammered silver jewelry they make from this soft silver is exquisite and is now in high demand well beyond the region.
Marvelous experience purchasing from this shop: beautiful necklace, great communication, and fast dispatch and delivery! Would absolutely shop here again!
I love my new necklace! Exactly what I was looking for - authentic vintage moroccan berber khamsa pendant and beads tastefully combined. Had also very good experience with contacting the store with an inquiry that was answered promptly and in satisfactory manner. Would not hesitate to purchase from this store again! Thank you.
I purchased it as a gift and got many thanks! It is simply beautiful
I liked my necklace in person even better than on the website! It's so well done! Attention to detail is unbelievable! And this is exactly what I look for in my jewelry: I like it when everything including a clasp is artistic and high quality! I am coming back for more...
This necklace is so tasteful. I bought it as a gift but decided to keep it for myself!
Mexican Amber and Dominican Blu Amber, necklace and earrings Set, is beautiful !!!
Very light! I like very much !!!
Many thanks Anna!
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Thank you so much my wife loved it better than expected.
first of all, WOW, I am really happy with this necklace, more than imaginable; CROSSROADS continue to spread your light and wings with these beautiful pieces. God Bless.
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Finally received the earrings and they do not dissapoint.
Pale pink coral that goes with my other necklaces and a lot more. Thank you for your extra effort.
This 18' necklace is the last of the set, and I am so glad that I purchased it. Is beautiful with the pink coral and the silver accents, is a combination that I can wear in different ways. Very satisfied with the workmanship and quality of these pieces. Thanks.
Gorgeous necklace, really excited to wear it for special occasions!
Just received my necklace, This is exactly what I need to start 2021. My favorite combination of colours : bright orange and dark green. Nicely done! This is not just to show it off on my black cashmere turtleneck, I can hold it in my hands , look at it and enjoy it.
Anna (seller) was very accommodating, answered my questions and provide extra pictures of the necklace for me. Thank you Anna!
I purchased a second necklace to add to a previous one from this seller. The craftsmanship and beauty of the coral and pearls combined with sterling silver gives it antique-like effect that I love. Fast shipping and impecable packaging. Thanks.
Beautiful and artfully designed necklace. Love the pearls and the silver combined with the coral. Fast shipping and great connection with the seller.