Inspired by the Tuscan Hills

Ethiopian Opal with Orange Sapphire & Cubic Zirconia Sterling Silver Gemstone Earrings


This eye-catching pair of earrings features incredible 9mm x 7mm teardrops, 6mm x 4mm ovals and 4mm x 4mm rounds of faceted-cut Ethiopian Opal alongside stunningly sparkling 1mm x 1mm cubic zirconia and 3mm x 3mm natural orange Songea sapphire. Each of these impressive gemstones is elegantly hand-set in stylish sterling silver.

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.

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.

One of the birthstones for September, sapphire’s symbolism is as diverse as its hues, having been associated with youth and old age, power and kindness, and wealth alongside freedom from envy.

This handmade jewellery is inspired by my photograph of Assisi, an Italian city in the Umbrian province of Perugia. Here, enveloping walls of pure white stone enclose the quintessential Italian cityscape; charming streets wind up and down steep hillside slopes, colourful flowers adorn the windowsills of picturesque terraces, and tourists gather in awe at the Tempio di Minerva, an ancient Roman site of worship dating back to the first century BCE.

35mm long (~1 1/4 inches), these dazzling gemstone earrings will arrive packaged in a small gift box featuring the image of their inspiration on the inside of the lid. Combined with an organza bag, this results in a gorgeously-presented pair which makes the perfect gift.

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