When you are shopping for fire opal earrings, the most important value factor to consider is the quality of the fire opal. Born in the fire of Mexico's volcanoes, fire opal's natural bright orange is unmatched in the gem kingdom. The more vivid and bright the orange hue, the more valuable the fire opal. Unlike most opal, fire opal is faceted and has brilliance as well as that bright day-glow orange color. Cut is more important than clarity, since fire opal often has a welcome haziness that actually increases the vibrancy of its color.
Because all Gemvara earrings are made to order, we can hand-select fine-quality fire opal to perfectly suit your design.
What is the meaning of fire opal in the language of gems? Fire opal symbolizes the union of opposites: fire and water. Fire opal forms when water seeps into silica-rich red-hot lava, filling seams and hollows. Under heat and pressure, the silica forms a solid gel, trapping the remaining water within its structure. Small pebbles of fire opal are found embedded in lava flows.
Opal is the October birthstone and the 14th anniversary gem.
With a color that complements most metals, fire opal earrings are crafted in sterling silver, white gold, yellow gold, and platinum. Because the bright orange hue of your fire opal jewelry will catch the eye, you will want to match the color of fire opal earrings to a fire opal necklace or fire opal ring.
Fire opal, like all opal, has high water content. As a result, it should be protected from heat and prolonged exposure to strong light, which could dry it out. Fire opal earrings should be protected from scratches when not being worn. Clean fire opal earrings with mild dish soap: use a soft brush behind the stone where dust can collect.
Gemvara's fine quality fire opal earrings are designed to be passed down for generations to come, crafted by hand in the United States.
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