A stunning, natural Mexican Opal with green, gold, red and orange colour play. A wonderfully tactile piece which has been skilfully frame set in a 925 sterling silver fancy band, and is complimented by a sparkling Citrine. Opal gemstone measures 15x11mm, and Citrine is 4mm diameter. Ring is set to size R (UK) or 9 (US) is presented in a quality Two Skies jewellery box, ready for gifting.
Mexican Opal & Citrine Sterling Silver Ring
Mined in the town of Tequila, this opal formed inside gas bubbles of the host rock Rhyolite. Adam went to the mines in 2013 and worked alongside the miners there. Mining this opal is hard work, mostly done using hand tools. When there is no opal to be found, the miners harvest the native agave cactus to distill into the drink tequila . The gems form in small ancient gas pockets in the host rock, which is pretty hard stuff. As with a lot of opal, you have to shift large amounts of stone and dirt to get to the gem material and this is mostly done by hand (unless you can get hold of some homemade explosives!) Because the opal cannot usually be completely separated from the Rhyolite it is ‘inclusion-heavy’.