If you're looking for a refined piece to complement a casual or decorative outfit, look no further than the exquisite Algoma 2-flower sterling necklace. The necklace's double flowers of double-layered sterling silver petals are hand-cut and shaped curved slightly and then embossed to reflect creative patterns of light, illuminating the beauty of the woman wearing it. With a dreamy opal at the center of each flower, this 2-flower sterling necklace is a soft and creative way to showcase your femininity, grace, and beauty. The various lights within an opal give the appearance of electricity or magical illumination…a sense of spirit.
ALGOMA means Valley of Flowers in Native American cultures and is used to convey a sense of warmth and spirit. It is pronounced Al-GO-ma.
Materials: Sterling silver (.925)
Stone: Ethiopian opal
Dimensions: 5 x 2.5 x 1 inches
Includes: The sterling silver chain has a lobster claw clasp.
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Opal comes from the Greek word “opallios," which means “to see a change of color” and relates to the way precious opal refracts light. The ancient Greeks thought the stone could give people the gift of prophecy and protect them from diseases. The gemstone has long been valued as a stone of luck, magic, and love, and passion.
The Ethiopian opal was first commercially mined in 2008. It comes from Ethiopia's northern Welo district. Most opal gems are sedimentary, meaning they are created from the layers laid down by ancient waterways. However, Ethiopian opals are hydrophane, created as a result of volcanic activity, forming in nodules within the volcanic ash in stratum between rhyolite layers. Hydrophane comes from the Greek words meaning "water-loving" and describes how these opals tend to absorb water. Water absorption can alter Ethiopian opal appearance, changing the stone from opaque or semi-translucent to highly translucent and almost transparent.