ABOUT THIS PIECE…
These are Zuni Handmade, Sterling Silver, Triangle Shaped, Shadow Box Hook Dangle Earrings with a 4mm Man Made White Opal in the Center
Set in a Serrated Bezel.
Created by Artisan, Felix Perry.
Each Earring Measures Approximately
1-3/4″ Long (Including Silver Plated French Ear Wire) by1/2″ Wide.
TIDBITS FOR MAGICAL THINKERS…
The name Opal is derived from the Sanskrit word
“upala”, meaning “valuable stone”. This is believed to be
the root word for the Greek term “opallios”, which translates as
Opal is thought to have been discovered as long as 4,000
years ago, and myths and lore abound in practically all cultures about this
brilliant gemstone. The ancient Greeks thought opal to be the tears of Zeus and
prized it as highly as diamonds. They believed opal gave the gift of foresight
and prophecy, which would ensure the owner’s success in war, business and life.
The legend of the Australian aborigine tells that opal is
‘creator’s footprint that touched the earth at the base of a rainbow to bring
The ancient Romans wore opal as a symbol of hope and purity
and believed it could cure illness. In ancient India, opal was referred to as
the Goddess of the Rainbow, turned to stone. Ancient Arab cultures believed
opal had fallen from the sky and that the play of color was trapped lightning. According
to Arab lore, opal could make the wearer invisible. The ancient Australian
aborigines, however, believed in a more sinister origin. They thought opal to
be half serpent and half devil, and that the brightly colored fire within the
stone was an attempt to lure them into the devil’s lair.
Opal has been thought to have healing powers in many world
cultures, and in the middle ages, it became known as the Opthalmius, or Eye
Stone, and was thought to strengthen eyesight.
In the Middle Ages, Opal was considered a stone that could
provide great luck because it was believed to possess all the virtues of each
gemstone whose color was represented in the color spectrum of the opal.
This stone is also known as ‘milk’ or ‘milky’ opals. White
opals are primarily found in Southern Australia. White opals are distinguished
by their pale white or light color tone. As with any kind of opal, white opals
can display any color of the spectrum in a beautiful play of color and
depending on the quality of the opal found, they can be worth quite a bit.
White opals are much more plentiful and common than other
kinds of opal like black opal and boulder opal. Often white opals will have
white potch (colorless opal) left on the back of the stone, however sometimes
the entire stone will consist of colorful opal.
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