A gorgeous statement, these stunning earrings exclusively from Metalsmiths Sterling feature a fiery opal accented with two round high intensity cubic stones set in sleek sterling silver.
The opal earrings feature classic hook style hangers. Each earring measures about 35mm in total length and 8mm across the widest point. Each round, cabochon cut opal gemstone is about 4.5mm in diameter.
Because it contains the colours of other gems, ancient Romans believed opal to be the most powerful gemstone: the Bedouin people claim opals fell from the sky during thunderstorms and contain lightning.
Opal is one of the birthstones for October, but is much admired because every stone holds a unique fire, an interplay of colours including reds, oranges, greens and blues that flash as the stone interacts with the light.
Avoid chemicals or ultrasonic treatments when cleaning opals (or, really any sterling silver jewelry - we prefer our iconic polishing cloth as a way to care for your jewelry): it is inadvisable to soak or immerse your opal in water as the stone is not amenable to major fluctuations in humidity or temperature. Opal is a softer stone, similar in hardness to glass, so remove your opal jewelry if you feel it may collide with something during an activity.
Contains gemstones sourced solely through socially responsible suppliers able to demonstrate fair trade practices.
Sterling silver, hypoallergenic and nickel free.
Please note that ring sizing is a matter of comfort, above all: finger sizes fluctuate throughout the day and with temperature.
Additional information on ring sizing is available here: we recommend you check the size of a ring you currently love to wear against our sizing. We recommend you print out the attached pdf if you need help determining ring size: we do not recommend attempting to size using a mobile device.
Please note that most of our rings are classified as:
Sizable up or down by up to two sizes in half size increments: if the size you need is not available and falls within 2 sizes up or down of a ring we do have, we can likely size it for you. Charges will apply: see additional information on our ring sizing service available here
Sizable up by a half size: we can size the ring only up and only by about a half size: generally this is due to the detail on the piece and/or the setting of the stone. Charges will apply: see additional information on our ring sizing service available here
Unsizeable due to material or design constraints, the ring cannot be sized: the listed sizes are all that are available.
Don't measure when your body temperature is either too cold or too hot. A cold finger shrinks while a hot finger expands causing an inaccurate reading. Only measure when fingers are at room temperature.
If you hesitate between two sizes, always go with the larger one.
If you consider purchasing a wide band, move up a size from your measurement, for comfort’s sake.
When measuring your finger, always refrain from using a string, they tend to stretch, which can result in wrong size. ALWAYS use a paper strip about 1/2" in width.
If your knuckle is a lot larger than the base of your finger, measure both the base of your finger and your knuckle and select a size in between the two.
Extra wide band styles tend to run slightly small. If you're borrowing a ring for sizing and it has a narrower shaft than the one you wish to purchase, you may wish to order a ring a size larger than the normal size worn. Also, large stone rings may cause the shank to lift up when laid on its side on the display, slightly distorting the size measurements.
No: ring sizes range in a continuous scale used for both men and women.
Our pendants are sold with a Metalsmiths Sterling™ chain with a secure lobster clasp and logo tag of quality - the price includes a chain selected to best coordinate with the pendant. For most pieces, the standard length is an 18" chain, but more petite pieces may include a 16" chain and larger pieces may include a 20" chain: you can select your preferred length for any pendant upon purchase.
As a general guideline, 16" chains are considered choker length - pendants on this length of chain tend to sit near the base of the throat: 18" is standard or classic length, and usually lets the pendant rest near the collarbone or clavicle, above the collar of most shirts. 22" - 24" chains tend to sit a little lower, but still above the chest. 28" - 36" chains usually result in the pendant resting below the bust line and make for a more dramatic statement. The actual fit will vary from person: this is only a general guide.