Our Sleeping Beauty Turquoise and Opal earrings are perfect for everyday wear or special occasions.
Each earring compromises of a free form sleeping beauty turquoise stone with a silver setting that follows the irregular shape of the stone. Our silversmiths have added a silver loop that goes around the stone with a small teardrop opal doublet stone at the bottom. A striking pair of earrings these are bound to become a well loved item of jewellery.
Sleeping beauty turquoise is a highly sought after type of turquoise due to its sky blue colour and little or no veins, it is only found in the Sleeping Beauty mine in Arizona.
Turquoise is the birthstone for December making these earrings the ideal gift for December birthdays or for women with a love for the colour blue.
Perfect for any occasion, these earrings will be a welcome addition to any jewellery box collection.
All Silver Scene jewellery comes lovingly packaged in a gift box.
This piece has been ethically designed and made by hand by Silver Scene Ltd in our workshops in Bali, Indonesia. It is an exclusive Silver Scene design with very limited numbers.
Turquoise and Opal doublets set in Sterling Silver, keep clean with an anti-tarnish cloth.
About the stones
Turquoise is the birthstone for December.
Turquoise is one the worlds most ancient gems, used as talismans by kings, shamans and warriors across history. Turquoise has been seen by many civilizations as a sacred stone and used to bring power, luck and protection.
Turquoise is believed to be a most efficient healer. A protective and purifying stone, it dispels negative energy and protects against pollutants in the environment. It assists with problem-solving, calms the nerves, strengthens the mind and brings inner calm.
Sleeping Beauty Turquoise is revered and highly sought after due to its pure sky blue colour which shows very little to no veining or webbing. It is still being collected from the Sleeping Beauty Mine in Globe, Arizona where a small operation of workers mines, processes and ships the stones.
Opal is the birthstone for October.
Australia produces 95% of the worlds opals. It is not known exactly how opal is formed, but many believe it is formed when water from rain seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal.
The ancient Greeks believed that opals were formed from the tears of joy wept by Zeus when he defeated the titans, and that the opal bestowed prophetic powers.
Most civilizations see opal as a lucky stone. In the Middle Ages, it was considered that it could provide great luck as it carried all the virtues of each gemstone whose colour was represented in the opal. Following the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Anne of Geierstein’ in 1829, opal acquired a less popular reputation. In Scott’s novel, the Baroness of Arnheim wears an opal talisman with supernatural powers. When a drop of holy water falls on the talisman, the opal turns into a colourless stone and the Baroness dies soon after. Due to the popularity of this novel, people began to associate opals with bad luck and death and within a year of the novel being published, the sale of opals in Europe had dropped by 50%.
Opals have always been associated with love and passion, it is a seductive stone that intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions. It is believed to stimulate originality and creativity. Wearing opal is said to bring loyalty, faithfulness and spontaneity.
At widest points including hooks, 3.8cm x 1.5cm aprox. Turquoise 1.3cm x 1cm aprox. Opal 0.6cm x 0.4cm aprox.
Please be aware that as our stone jewellery is handmade and the stones are natural, dimensions and stone colours may vary slightly.