J268497

Average Bold Multi-gemstone Design 14K Gold

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Description
Multi-fabulous. It looks like several bangles stacked together, but this single 14K yellow gold bangle packs a powerful style punch with an alternating pattern of round cabochon gemstones.

Pink or Gray.

For more details on this bracelet's fit, please refer to Wrist Assist--the Bracelet Fit Guide above.

  • 14K yellow gold
  • Gemstone weight is not given for cabochons
  • Oval bangle with four-row openwork design with round cabochon gemstones
  • Pink: pink opal, pink and white mother-of-pearl
  • Gray: hematite, gray agate, labradorite, and white mother-of-pearl
  • Filled with sturdy silicone
  • The electroform process used to create this bracelet allows for a bolder look without the heavy weight
  • Hidden box clasp with figure-eight safety catch
  • Average size, traditional fit; measures approximately 1-1/8"W
  • Made in China

About Opal

Stone Information & Mining

Opal is known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. There are two broad classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal displays play-of-color, common opal does not. Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia's semi-desert "outback." The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downward. During dry periods, much of the water evaporated, leaving solid deposits of silica in the cracks and between the layers of underground sedimentary rock. The silica deposits formed opal. Play-of-color occurs in precious opal because it's made up of sub-microscopic spheres stacked in a grid-like pattern—like layers of Ping-Pong balls in a box. As the lightwaves travel between the spheres, the waves diffract, or bend. As they bend, they break up into the colors of the rainbow, called spectral colors. Play-of-color is the result. When Australia's mines began to produce opals commercially in the 1890s, it quickly became the world's primary source for this October birthstone.

Legend & Lore

Because opal has the colors of other gemstones, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms.

Color

Opal hues can range across the spectrum. An opal might display a single color, two or three colors, or all the colors of the rainbow. Opal displays background color in addition to play-of-color. Background color—also called body color—is caused by the suspension of tiny impurities within opal's silica spheres.

Cleaning

The only safe way to clean opal is with warm, soapy water.

This information was excerpted from the GIA's Gem Encyclopedia with permission from the GIA. For the full GIA Gem Encyclopedia entry, click here. For more information about the GIA, click here.

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