These black opal earrings are a one off design handmade from 2.7 carats of rare solid Australian Mintabie/Mintubi opal. The opals are hand pinned in 24k gold vermeil with 18k gold vermeil accent beads and 1.4 carats of genuine AAA grade natural champagne coloured garnet. The gems are presented on artisan made 24k gold heavy-plated sterling silver hoops and matching ear wires, these pieces have a satin finish with a 40-mil thick layer of genuine 24k gold over sterling silver - a far more substantial layer than traditional plating techniques.
The black opal used in these earrings is of fine grade and displays flashes of both red and green colour play. The opals come from rough stock mined out over 13 years ago and, as the Mintabie opal fields are now thought to be near depleted, they can be considered a true investment.