Hand-selected Ethiopian Welo opals have been set in a copper hoop and paired with a sterling silver ear wire. You can choose three finishes of copper, rhodium-plate (shown), or gold-plate This listing is for one pair of earrings. We offer two sizes to choose from: roughly 1" in diameter or 1.25" in diameter. Model is shown wearing both sizes. Copper can develop a patina, rhodium and gold plate will not tarnish.
These opals are RAW opals, emphasis on "raw" so be aware these are not going to be perfectly polished and smooth, imperfections will be present in some stones, just like mother nature made them, which means no two pieces will look alike, so allow for variations between pieces.
Associated with the throat chakra, Ethiopian Welo Opal is mystically known as a stone of courage and ingenuity. It is said to improve self-esteem and self-love. It is also said to be an aid to creativity and communication of all types. And it helps one find confidence.
Electroforming is the process of building up copper deposits on any object. The process can be very slow and it almost has a mind of its own. Sometimes there are striations in the copper, sometimes pits, sometimes there are little copper spheres. The results are always beautiful and unexpected making each piece entirely unique. Each piece had been cleaned up by hand and finished in the tumbler. The copper is absolutely raw... no added chemicals or sealants.
Gold and rhodium will not patina. To maintain the finish as long as possible, avoid prolonged exposure to water as well as harsh chemicals. The copper will oxidize and darken over time giving it a warm deep finish. This is natural and every oxidation is unique to the person who wears it and the environment in which they live. The copper grows with you. You can bring back the original sheen by gently rubbing it with a soft polish cloth. Greening may happen. It doesn't happen to everyone. I leave the metals raw to avoid causing any reactions to additional chemicals.
Each stone is unique, just like you are. And your earrings will come in a little box with the stone's properties included, ready to be given as a gift as well! Sorry, all earring sales are final for reasons of hygiene and safety.