Opal jewellery is in a class apart due to its mesmerising flashes of colour and light. Opal jewellery appeals to those who look for jewellery that reflects their individuality and sense of style and want beautiful and distinctive pieces. We’ve put together a collection of fine jewellery pieces set with opals in alluring designs by the best international designers and brands. We are certain that you will find the opal that captures your fancy right here.
• What’s so special about opal jewellery?
• How can you tell if an opal is “real”?
• Kinds of opal jewellery
• Caring for opal jewellery
Magical opal jewellery
Opal jewellery have an enchanting beauty that’s hard to resist. Loved and admired for its iridescence, the opal is a seductive stone associated with loyalty and faithfulness, believed to lower inhibition and intensify desire. Opal jewellery, as Victoria Finlay put it, “flickers with a unique fire” with flashes of colour that are a sight to behold.
♦ Opals in jewellery are set as cut and polished cabochons
♦ Quality opals set in jewellery display an optical effect with flashes of coloured light called the “play of colour”. The range of colours and the vividity of the play of colours determine the value of an opal. Therefore, an opal with a more vivid play of colour in a broader spectrum of the rainbow will command a higher price.
♦ The most sought-after opal jewellery is set with black, white, fire, or boulder opals
Know your opals
♦ Natural or “real” opals are mined from the earth and usually have bumpy curved surfaces, whereas synthetic opals are lab-made and flat
♦ Real opals are more fragile and break easily as compared to synthetic opals
♦ Opals are treated to alter their colour, clarity and durability
♦ Manufactured opals have the same chemical composition as natural opals and are not considered fake
Colours of opals in jewellery
Opal jewellery is mainly set in gold or sterling silver and is available as earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets.
Black opal jewellery is the most sought-after because of the beautiful rainbow colours that stand out better than white and lighter coloured opals.
Blue opal jewellery is also popular and great for everyday use and special occasions. Blue opals come in every shade of blue.
Fire opal jewellery stands out because of the unique background colour, which ranges from yellow to orange and red
Caring for your opal jewellery
♥ Clean your opal jewellery with a soft, damp cloth with mild detergent and wipe dry.
♥ Do not soak your opal jewellery in water.
♥ When choosing opal jewellery, look for the “play of colour” and ensure the setting is secure.
♥ Store your opal jewellery carefully to avoid damage and scratches, as genuine opals are fragile and measure only 5 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale.
We hope you enjoy browsing our opal jewellery collection and find the perfect piece. Please contact us if you want clarifications about the quality or care of opals or delivery time. Until then, happy shopping!