african opal jasper • 14kt gold filled chain
African Opal Jasper is a natural jasper that comes from Africa. It has a jelly like luster similar to Turquoise and is often confused with Variscite, a stone found in Nevada, Utah, and Queensland, Australia. Due to natural variations in its coloring, there is some debate over what the stone should be called. Some argue that the stone should not be referred to as an opal since it lacks the common opal qualities. The stone is generally believed to fall within the jasper family due to its gel like translucence, flecked with blues and greens much like that of Variscite. African Opal Jasper is believed to stabilize the heart chakra and provide calming and purifying properties. Its translucence helps one find inner peace and alignment while aiding in emotional healing.
Gold filled jewelry is tarnish-resistant and can be worn all the time. It serves as a cost effective alternative to pure gold jewelry without sacrificing quality and durability. Despite its name, gold filled jewelry refers to a process in which a layer of karat gold is heat- and pressure- bonded to a layer of base metal. This process keeps the metal tarnish resistant because it completely covers the surface of the base metal. Gold filled jewelry can be 10kt, 14kt, 18kt, 22kt, and 24kt. It looks like solid gold since its outermost layer is actually gold, however, it is a harder, more durable, and less expensive option than solid gold. Compared to gold plating or vermeil, gold filled jewelry contains 100% more gold, it is generally safe for wearers with allergies to common metals, and it is tarnish resistant. Gold is generally a soft metal; therefore, it should be worn with care to avoid bending, dents, and scratches.