Stunning Alaskan Native crafted Gemstone Pendant created from a finely cut Australian Black Opal to make this uniquely stunning piece of Fine Jewelry for all occasions.
Beautiful, one of a kind Native Alaskan made pendant – although the same stunning cabochon stones may be used, no two sets will ever be exactly the same – your assurance of a exclusive collectable.
Very distinctive flashing red, green, and black layered coloring! Gemstone total weight 5.53ct, total pendant weight 10.4ct. Gem size 14.23mm H X 12.8mm W X 5.74mm depth. Pendant set with sterling silver chain.
Additional gem information:
From www.gemselect.com, opal is a form of silica with a water content that may range from 3 to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6 and 10%. Because of its amorphous character, it is classed as a mineraloid, unlike crystalline forms of silica, which are classed as minerals. It is deposited at a relatively low temperature and may occur in the fissures of almost any kind of rock, being most commonly found with limonite, sandstone, rhyolite, marl, and basalt. More than any other gem, each opal is distinctly individual. No other gemstone has such rich and varied a folklore. Opals are also the most delicate gems commonly worn. They require special care to ensure their health and longevity. There are many varieties of opal, including black opal, white opal, common opal (potch), chocolate opal, boulder opal, opal doublet, opal triplet, fire opal and opal in matrix.
Opal's fire was long thought to be the result of iridescence. However, with the advent of scanning electron microscopes, we now know that it is a result of diffraction, and is known in the gem trade as play of color. Opal is relatively soft, with a rating of 5.5-6.5 on the Mohs scale. Despite its frequent use in gemstone rings, opal is not the greatest choice as a ring stone; it is however, very-well suited for other types of gemstone jewelry, including gemstone earrings, pins and gemstone pendants.
Pendant crafted by verified Alaskan Native Artist through the Silver Hand program, your assurance of an authentic, yet progressive piece of Alaskan Native Art. Each set comes with Silver Hand tag bearing artist name, permit number and date created.
STATE OF ALASKA SILVER HAND PROGRAM TRADEMARK The Silver Hand seal is protected under State of Alaska trademark statute and regulation. The seal may only be used by individuals (other than Silver Hand permit holders) or organizations with Alaska State Council on the Arts’ explicit permission. Courtesy Alaska Council of the Arts http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/native.htm