Opal earrings popularity
Of all the varying types of jewelry worn, mainly by the ladies, it would have to be said that opal Earrings are second only to opal rings and opal pendants in popularity. Why would that be? Well it’s obvious that one of the main reasons why people wear things, whether it is clothes, shoes, or jewelry is not just for self esteem, but to impress others. It just so happens that the ears are quite prominent and are generally, apart from the neck perhaps, seen by more people. And if you like to keep up with appearances, earrings are certainly a consideration. But in this case, not just ANY Earrings. We are talking about Opal Earrings
Opal Earring Designs
Just about every shape and size of opal has been used in rings. All kinds of metals including copper, brass, stainless steel, platinum, palladium, gold and silver have been tried, along with coconut shells and wood. By far the most popular Opal Earring metal of course is gold and increasingly, because of the crazy price of the yellow metal, silver, and silver with gold plating. Opal shapes can be round, oval, square, rectangular, triangular, octagonal, spherical; to name some of the main shapes, but increasingly opal is being cut in a free form shape, meaning that it can be any shape or size. These shapes create quite a challenge for the manufacturer who usually can’t use a casting machine to make the finding(setting) but has to manufacture it by hand, which takes considerable time and expense.
The difficulty of matching opal earrings
No two opals are the same, that is why opal triplets are so helpful in matching Opal Earrings. They are manufactured in many popular sizes, for example, 8×6, 9×7, 10×8, 14×10, 18×13. At www.opalmine.com there is a wide variety of these interesting designs in gold or silver metal to choose from. Of course with the price of Gold nowadays, it’s outside what a lot of people can afford, so silver is a great option, and it can be plated with pure gold to give the gold effect if desired, or left in it’s silver state and plated with rhodium to stop it tarnishing. Calibrated crystal opals are also good for this purpose because they can be matched more easily.
Opal Earrings, the perfect Ear decoration
They tend to dance about and flash here and there as the fingers and the hand moves about. It catches the eye of observers very quickly and makes a really interesting talking point. Size is the big factor in because at least with opal, you can actually SEE what you are wearing instead of having to glare at it with a magnifying glass to see what the stone is. You can have opal ring stones from just a few mms to really large ones that cover two and even three fingers, and the price does not have to be exorbitant because there are so many variations to the types of opal. You can read more about this here