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Ethiopian Opal & Amethyst with Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Necklace
A remarkable gemstone pendant showcasing a stunningly sparkling 9mm x 7mm faceted oval of semi-precious purple amethyst, delicately complemented by a 7mm x 5mm oval of earth-mined Ethiopian and four 0.5mm x 0.5mm rounds of glimmering cubic zirconia. Each of these impressive gemstones is delicately hand-set in a stylish sterling silver claw setting.
This handmade jewellery is inspired by my photograph of Moel Famau, where blooms of beautifully pink and purple heather act as a rich and vibrant highlight amongst the subdued moorland hues en-route to an ancient local landmark.
A February birthstone, amethyst has traditionally symbolised sobriety – its name derives from the Greek ametusthos, “not intoxicated”. More recently, it has also been tied to deep emotional bonds.
A birthstone for the month of April first developed in the USSR in the 1970s, cubic zirconia is created from base substances found in extraterrestrial rock from both asteroids and the moon.
Like other opals, Ethiopian opal is a birthstone for October, said to brim with joyously positive emotion whilst also invoking the calmness and restraint required to balance such ardour.
Attached to an 18-inch chain, this dazzling gemstone pendant will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of its inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented piece which makes the perfect gift.
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