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Solid 18K Rose Gold Jewelry Seawater Pearl Earrings
Metal:18K Solid Gold
Metal Color: Yellow
Gold Weight: 1.5-1.8g
Stone: Natral Opal
Opal Size: Approx 4mm
Side Stone: Real Diamonds
Opals come in a wide range of colors. White and green are by far the most common, while red and the fabled black opal are the rarest.
Opal is considered the birthstone of October. It is also the theme gift for the 14th and 18th wedding anniversaries.
However, the popularity of the stone saw a marked decrease during The Middle Ages, and its popularity has never quite recovered.
In mystical circles, opal is considered a stone representing hope, innocence and purity. It has strong connotations of happiness, faithfulness, loyalty and confidence.
All of these are in spite of its significant period of darker connotations.
Healing Powers of Opal
For those who believe in the healing power of stones, opal is good for eye infections and diseases, as well as the enhancement of other healing processes.
In more esoteric circles, the opal was considered to grant the power of invisibility when wrapped in a bay leaf and carried in the hand. The Greeks believed it granted the power of prophecy.
While it is unlikely that these beliefs are true, they are some of many mystical abilities the stone is believed to grant.
Opal and Luck
For much of its long history, opal was regarded as a lucky stone.
People believed that a cut and polished opal would have the qualities of any other stone it shared a color with — a blue opal would be similar to sapphire, for example.
Opal can be quite a difficult stone to work with, and it is easy to shatter when cutting or mounting in jewelry. Breaking an opal in the process of creating jewelry was once considered bad luck.
In Greek mythology, opals were considered the stone form of the tears that Zeus wept after the defeat of the titans.
Indian lore considers it part of the Goddess of Rainbows after she turned to stone to avoid the romantic advances of other gods.
Arabic lore holds that the stones fell from the sky in flashes of lightning, imbued forever with their fire from the fall.
Opal in Literature
The history of opal takes a darker turn in Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein.
In it, the titular character Anne wears an opal holding mystical properties. It flashed red when she was angered and sparkled with great beauty when she was in high spirits.
Several drops of holy water splashed on the stone in the climax of the book, and soon after Anne took ill and died. This gave opals a negative connotation as demon stones.
After the publication of the novel, opals fell out of public favor. The stone began to be associated with bad luck and death.
In Russia, people believed that the stone signified the evil eye. If a vendor had an opal in their wares, it was bad luck to purchase anything at all from them.
Opal has come back into favor in more recent times, but it has never entirely shaken the disfavor it once held.
It is still a beautiful stone and quite common in jewelry around the world. However, it can never be said that opal is not a storied stone.
Seawater pearls include the akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They range in size from 2mm (tiny) to 10mm (rare) and are usually white or cream in color and round in shape.
Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines produce the South Sea pearl – the largest of all the pearls. They range in size from 9mm to 20mm and can be naturally white, cream, or golden in color.
Tahitian pearls are interestingly not exclusively from Tahiti – they’re grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti. Their typical sizes range from 8mm to 16mm. These naturally colored pearls are collectively called black pearls, but their colors include gray, blue, green, and purple.