Made in Australia ~ With Australian Opal
(Not actual sizes; refer to the mm size, if shown!)
The first purchaser of a particular pendant will receive the actual pendant shown below.
If that particular pendant is already sold, we will supply the exact same pendant with an Opal Triplet that is as similar as possible.
But; as no two Opals are exactly the same and every Opal is as unique as your finger print, you may want to check if the original is still available:
HAND MADE pendants are ONE OF A KIND and can not be repeated; they are in fact UNIQUE!
Believe it or not…
Opal contains about 10% of water!
At times, some of the water may dry out which cause stress on the surface of the Opal.
This may result in fine surface cracks to appear.
This is termed “crazing” in the trade.
(It’s somewhat similar to what happens when water dries off a clay pan; the clay shrinks and cracks appear all over the ground.)
Opal Triplets are made from paper thin slices of Opal which are sandwiched for protection between a domed glass top and a support backing, usually glass, but sometimes ceramic or even low quality solid Opal; hence “TRIPLETS”.
The larger and thinner the slice of Opal, the more likely it is to crack during the assembly process.
It can even crack whilst heavy pressure is applied to the claws when the Opal is being set into the pendant.
“Crazed” or cracked Opals are marked: (*)
The only practical implications when either of those effects have occurred is a lower price and in some cases perhaps a somewhat natural or even an “antique” character!
Any further cracking is very unlikely.