Elisabeth Allerton threader earrings are a best-seller! Effortless and chic, but each with its own personality, they are great for dressing up or down. Collect various styles and colors so you’ll always have the perfect earrings for any occasion! The v-shaped ear wires are always hand formed and hammered for strength.
This pair is made with high quality pink opal, and 14kt gold-filled metal. The color of the opals is delightful and that highly sought-after, saturated pink hue. These are 1.25" in total length - mini!
Pink or blue opal is “common opal” – they do not display play-of-color. Pink opal has the scientific name “silicified palygorskite”, and may be a combination of opal, polygorskite, and chalcedony. Peruvian pink or blue opals come from Peru, just like the name implies. They were long ago found in the Andes mountains and considered a gift from Pachamama, the Inca goddess of fertility, “Mother Earth.” Pink or blue opal may also come from Australia, or Mexico. A type of blue opal is also found in Oregon, USA. In many cases, common opal is dyed for color, as the natural color can be quite washed out. Blue opal often has an iridescent property. Dyed chalcedony sold as Peruvian blue or pink opal is common and care should be taken to buy only from a reputable source. Pink opal is harder (6 on MOHS) than blue opal (5.5 on MOHS), and is the hardest opal in the world.
What does gold-filled mean?
Gold-filled components start with a base metal core and have a (usually 14kt) real gold coating, bonded to the core with heat and pressure. The component must be at least 5% gold by weight. This is NOT the same as gold plating. Unlike plated gold, gold-filled items are likely to last a lifetime and the gold will not wear off.