These handmade hoops feature decorative indentations, chain detailing, and glowing natural Ethiopian opals. They are inspired by my fascination with ancient adornments and the lifetimes of stories they hold.
Gold vermeil earrings featuring natural opal cabochons.
Opals are a true miracle in the gemstone world and take roughly 5-6 million years to form. With their high water content, opals encourage the wearer to go with the flow. Put one on when you need to invigorate thoughts, habits or creative blocks with fresh energy.
Ethiopian opals can absorb water very easily, which may happen from exposure to humidity, sweat or direct contact with water. This absorption can cause the colour of the opal to temporarily become more yellow/brown/orange. You should be able to restore the original colour of your opal by letting it dry out naturally - keep it off the skin and be sure to store somewhere with low or no humidity (e.g. not in the bathroom). Because opals are the same hardness as glass, they are also susceptible to fracturing. Keep these factors in mind when choosing when & where to show off your opals!
Gold vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver and requires special care. To extend the life of your gold vermeil jewelry, remove when washing hands, showering, applying lotions or perfumes, using harsh cleansers, or working out. Always store your jewelry in a dry place, preferably in individual air-tight bags. Do not use chemical jewelry cleansers or polishing cloths on gold vermeil jewelry.
Gold vermeil jewelry will inevitably fade to a warm silver or a light 10K gold colour. This is the nature of plated jewelry. The rate of wear depends on care, climate and individual body chemistry, and may vary greatly on a case by case basis. As rings are worn on the hand, and are exposed to more frequent rubbing, they will often age more quickly than necklaces or earrings. We do not offer re-plating of our gold vermeil designs and all sales of gold vermeil jewelry are final.
Handmade - please wear with care.