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Opal Pendant

October 2, 2021 |


  • Approximate 9 carat Ethiopian Opal with a Mexican Opal accent
  • Ethiopian Opal measuring approximately 10.5mm width x 24mm length
  • Mexican Opal measuring approximately 4mm
  • Pendant measures approximately 1 1/2″
  • 18k yellow gold mounting
  • K. Alan Smith design
  • Chain sold separately


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The elongated pear shape of this Ethiopian Opal instantly drew me in when I spotted it at the Tucson Gem Show.  It is absolutely mesmerizing with great flashes of gold, oranges, blues and hints of yellow and greens. I paired it with a 4mm round Mexican Opal at the top of the pendant to play off the fiery orange flashes. I nestled all into a beautiful, warm 18k yellow gold bezel setting that provides added security to the both opals. The complete pendant measures an impactful 1 1/2″ in length.

A few facts about Ethiopian and Mexican Fire Opals-

  • All Opals are made from the same molecular structure – Silica.  Silica is basically glass made from nature with a unique formation of molecules to create color.
  • Opal was discovered in Ethiopia and entered in the gem and jewelry market in 1994, but it was not until the 2008 discovery of opals in the Wollo Province that they became more commercially available.
  • Ethiopian opal grows in large volcanic deposits high up in the hills, unlike Australian opals which are mined from deep beneath the ground.
  • Ethiopian opal is hydrophane, which means it is porous enough to readily absorb water, much like a sponge. Which is why we recommend removing your opals before bathing, swimming or any other activity that might involve water.
  • Fire Opals, also known as Mexican Opal, are formed in the depths of volcanos, after water meets silica-rich lava. Most of these gems are found in Mexico, but small quantities have been found in Oregon and British Columbia.
  • The Mayan and Aztec people called it “quetzalitzlipyollitli,” (try to pronounce that a few times!) Or, for an easier translation, “the stone of the bird of paradise.”



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Shipping Info

We offer free shipping on all online orders and ship either USPS Express overnight, FedEx, or Priority Mail within the continental USA.

We understand the importance of promptly receiving your selection, so we strive to prepare your item for delivery the same day it is purchased. We will ship most orders within 48 hours. If this is not possible due to unique circumstances, we will notify you immediately.

Custom made items that have been ordered will be acutely monitored with notification of anticipated delivery dates via email, texting, or phone call.

Please do not hesitate to either email or phone with any special requests or questions.

Too, you are always welcome to pick up your selection at our boutique. Please email to do so.

Return Policy

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will be happy to accept it back for a full refund, if the item is unused. We honor this request for up to 10 days from the purchase date. (Unless otherwise arranged from Items must be in the condition received with the original box and papers. Merchandise showing signs of wear or alterations (including sizing) done by another jeweler will not be accepted for return. K. Alan Smith Jeweler reserves the right to refuse an exchange/repair of any item that does not meet the above requirements.

Instructions for return-
1. Email with the reason for return.
2. Kim will issue you a Return Label to ensure properly secured shipping. Item must be securely packed and shipped within 48 hours of receiving the label.
3. Upon inspection, exchanges and credits will be processed for accepted items, excluding original and return shipping fees.
4. If you so prefer, you may return/exchange your item by visiting our boutique as well.

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