Moss Amethyst and Blue Opal Hoop Earrings, Sterling Silver

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These sterling silver earrings are made from hand forged ear wires and hoops. Luxurious, high quality blue opals are wired to the hoops and moss amethyst hangs in the middle. These earrings are 1 5/8” long including the ear wire.

 

"Moss amethyst" is complicated term, generally referring to quartz or amethyst with inclusions that may include goethite or hematite. Some clear quartz specimens with goethite or hematite inclusions may erroneously be called “leipdocrocite” – see lepidocrocite entry for more information. Another material sometimes called “moss amethyst” is also known as “cacoxenite amethyst.” This is the term used for amethyst with suspected cacoxenite inclusions. These inclusions are said to appear as gold or brown needles. However, some believe it is impossible for the mineral cacoxenite to grow within quartz, and that the inclusions are goethite. In the metaphysical world, this material, when thought to include the following seven minerals -amethyst, clear quartz, smoky quartz, cacoxenite, rutile, goethite, and lepidocrocite – is called “Super Seven” or “Melody’s Stone.” However, it is unlikely that cacoxenite is included, and nearly impossible, if possible at all, for the mineral lepidocrocite to be included within quartz. Therefore, we can just appreciate these stones with inclusions for the mystery of what’s within.

 

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.