In the dazzling world of jewelry, opal is considered “the queen of gems” because it can flash patterns of color representing every hue of the rainbow. Our London silversmith Leon Nussbaum created sterling silver pieces that are inlaid with matrix of iridescent white opal. Each piece will appear to flicker and change with every movement of the wearer. His sterling silver pieces evoke the themes of bygone times. Using semi-precious stones and rich enamels, Leon creates vibrant and dazzling designs that recall the Art Deco and Art Nouveau eras.

Believed by ancient peoples to actually contain fire, opal has long been ascribed many mystical and healing properties. Since 2004, Leon Nussbaum of London has been delighting Uno Alla Volta customers with sterling silver jewelry set with a matrix of iridescent opal. For the last nine months, we have been collaborating with Leon to bring back a very special “LOVE” collection just in time for Valentine’s Day: hearts, hugs and kisses – all brought together for the first time. These opal treasures are masterfully handcrafted exclusively for Uno Alla Volta, from the heart and hands of the artisan.

Browse Leon’s entire collection for even more opal treasures.

Why not show someone you love how much they mean to you with precious gems that bring out their inner shine? Opal is timeless, just like the love you have for those who are special to you. To make sure that your love stays bright over time, it is important to take care of your sterling silver treasures.

To keep your silver as dazzling as the day you received it, be sure to follow these care instructions for sterling silver:

  • Ideally you should store your sterling silver jewelry in tarnish prevention cloths or bags. The treated cloth slows down the tarnishing process and keeps the jewelry from rubbing against harder jewelry that can scratch it. It is also important to keep your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dry place.
  • Phosphate free detergents are good for cleaning sterling silver. A light tarnish may be removed with a low abrasive cleaner. Toothpaste is commonly used to clean sterling silver, although expert opinion cautions against it since it is felt that toothpaste is too abrasive and leaves dulling scratches.
  • Sterling silver articles, when worn continually or used frequently, develop a tactile patina, a kind of glow combined with darkened areas. Many people feel that the beauty of the piece is enhanced by the patina and therefore do not clean it.

To learn more about caring for your sterling silver, visit our sterling silver care instructions page.