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Lunar Dragon Diamond and Opal Pendant
Commanding the highest respect in Chinese culture, the Lunar Dragon symbolises wisdom, enlightenment, and benevolence. Embody the success and charisma of the Dragon with this special Year of the Dragon Opal and Diamond Pendant.
- Crafted from 18ct yellow gold
- Year of the Dragon design
- Includes a mesmerising opal
- Features stunning white diamonds
- Metal type - 18ct yellow gold
- Opal size - 5mm
- Opal colour - Varied
- Opal shape - Oval/drop
- Total number of diamonds - 5
- Total diamond weight - 0.018ct
- Diamond cut - Round brilliant
- Diamond colour - G (Near Colourless)
- Diamond clarity - SI1 (Slightly Included)
Please note that due to this gemstone's natural opalescence, colours may vary.
About the brand
Play of Colour
Opals occupy a unique position in the world of gems, exhibiting a natural iridescence known as ‘play of colour’. This optical effect results in an ever-moving ripple of colour throughout the stone.
Dedicated to sharing the extraordinary beauty of Australian opals with the world, Play of Colour’s passion for the national gemstone is evident in each stage of its operations.
Play of Colour’s jewellery is characterised by rich colour and contemporary design, perfect for anyone who wants to create their own distinct sense of style.
Learn more about opals
The October birthstone, opals are famous for their unique and intense colouring, and have appeared in ancient mythology and folklore from cultures around the world.
Opals feature in many Dreamtime stories told across Australia. One from the Yuwaalaraay people of Wallangulla (Lightening Ridge) describes the formation of opals from the scales of Gurria, the crocodile slain by the creator god Baiame. In Greek mythology, Zeus, King of the Gods, was believed to have shed tears of opal after defeating the Titans in battle.
Pliny the Elder, Roman author from the 1st century, wrote of opals, “For in them you shall see the living fire of ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea-green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light”.
How opals are formed
Formed from microscopic spheres of silica, opals achieve their mesmerising colour through light diffraction. When a white light enters the top of the opal, the light waves bounce and refract through the spheres and the gaps in between. As the light passes through, it diffracts or splits like a prism, bouncing back to the top of the stone a dazzling array of all the colours on the spectrum.
An Australian treasure
Since the early 1900s, Australia has supplied over 95% of the world’s global output. The first commercial mine to open was in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales in 1903, the mine now famous for its black opals. Coober Pedy, South Australia was next to follow with the opening of the Mintabie mine in 1922, and the Andamooka mine in 1930. The largest percentage of opals today come from the 70 opals fields around Coober Pedy.
Opals in jewellery
The kaleidoscopic gem, opals have a rating of 6 out of 10 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This delicate stone is best worn as necklaces and brooches but can also last for years in protective setting in rings and earrings.
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