Five gorgeous, hand-selected Ethiopian Welo opals have been set in copper and paired with a sterling silver ear wire. Each piece will measure approximately 1" in length. This listing is for one pair of opal ear climber earrings. 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 rings will look alike, so allow for variations between rings.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.
We offer three different finishes: copper, silver-plated, and gold-plated.
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. Gold-plate will not tarnish. The fine silver plate can tarnish, but with care the finish should last a long time.
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.