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14K Vermeil Opal Earrings

The gem that proved too precious for Cleopatra


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Legend has it that an ancient Roman Senator named Nonius once possessed a magnificent opal that was “as large as a hazelnut.” The gem was so impressive that when Mark Anthony sought it for his lover, Cleopatra, the senator refused to part with the remarkable stone. Banished into exile, Nonius fled and left behind all of his wordly possessions…except for the fabled opal.

The ancient philosopher Pliny described the allure of the opal’s iridescent play-of-color: “There is in them a softer fire than in the carbuncle, there is the brilliant purple of the amethyst; there is the sea-green of the emerald-all shining together in incredible union. Some by their refulgent splendor rival the colors of the painters…”

Our 14K Vermeil Opal Ring features a 2-3/4 carat natural opal cabochon surrounded by 22 round-cut, lab-created DiamondAura. The sunburst arrangement is prong-set in lustrous, 14K yellow gold vermeil. The shimmering 18″ pendant features an identical oval, lined in brilliant white, lab-created DiamondAura that dangles artfully from a smooth, vermeil bail. Each matching post-back earring showcases a 3/4 carat oval opal encircled by a halo of 16 lab-created DiamondAura. It doesn’t matter if the spectacular opals of this collection are viewed together or separately, it’s easy to see what all the fuss was about.