Authentic Native American handmade channel inlay sterling silver dangle earrings, handcrafted by Zuni artist, Amy Quandelacy. The earrings features an inlay of sparkling Lab Opal with an open peekaboo area that is oxidized. Amy is well known for this hummingbird design.
The earrings measure 1-3/4 inches long and weigh about 4.8 grams each.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Hallmarked Amy.
"LAB" opals are man-made opals. Man-made opals have two advantages over genuine opals : 1) lab opals are MUCH less expensive than genuine opals - genuine opals are increasingly costly and 2) lab opals are more durable; genuine opals need moisture, without which they become brittle over time, resulting in cracks or breaks.
You'll love these opals for their translucency and distinctive play of color. Opal is October's birthstone. It is believed to release self-consciousness allowing spontaneous action, and awakens one's psychic and mystical qualities.
Amy has been producing jewelry since about 1976. She was formerly married to Dickie Quandelacy. She is known for this very distinctive raised inlaid style. While the two no longer work together, both Dickie and Amy continue to use the design.