There cannot be a better gift than opal jewelry for the woman you love most. Popularly known as the “Queen of Gemstones,” opal comes in a variety of colors and gives you plenty of options from which to choose.
Give her elegant and sophisticated white opal jewelry, or bright and blazing opals like Salamanca fire opal or canary opal. Consider Australian mosaic opal, renowned for its striking play-of-color, or Black Ridge Quartz, an affordable substitute for pricey black opals.
Fabulous and fascinating, opal jewelry of any color is a great gift you for that special woman in your life.
Precious opal is formed from microscopic silica spheres that diffract light and exhibit different colors of the rainbow. Varieties like Ethiopian Welo opal and Australian mosaic opal are examples of precious opals. Those that don’t display this phenomenon are known simply as common opals.
Discover Precious White Opals
If she values elegance and sophistication, then an elegantly designed Ethiopian Welo opal ring in a setting of yellow or rose gold is perfect for transforming her look into something classic. This small and sweet gemstone elevates the tone of any outfit.
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If she prefers a smart and trendy look for daily wear then an Australian white opal bracelet is the perfect piece! Whether it’s a special event or work as usual, opal jewelry piece will never let you down.
Sparkle With Blazing Fire Opals
If she’s someone who loves to sparkle, then there’s no better option than fire opal earrings. Present a pair of fiery hoops or dazzling chandelier earrings made with this vibrant opal. With varieties from bright yellows to intense reds, there’s something for everyone to appreciate.
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Salamanca fire opal and Jalisco fire opal stands out for their feisty orange hues. Available from a medium orangey-yellow to a yellowish-orange, any jewelry made of this vibrant stone enhances any casual look.
Crimson fire opal jewelry is the best option for those who crave intense reds. These gems really turn up the heat. The rarity of this color is due to only a small percent of rough possessing the required quality.
Choose fire opal jewelry to match her zest for life.
Opal Synthetics and Substitutions
Create an air of intrigue and mystery with assembled opal jewelry. Mosaic opals and Black Ridge Quartz both represent exciting ways to capture the essence of highly-coveted black opal.
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Perfect in a setting of precious sterling silver, these stunning opal alternatives are at the forefront, allowing their intense play-of-color to steal the spotlight.
For many, owning a genuine black opal is difficult, due to the gem’s scarcity and high price. Black Ridge Quartz, however, offers the perfect solution! The stone possesses a dark bodycolor that shines through with an intense kaleidoscope of color typically reserved for only the finest of opals.
Opal Lore and Myth
Opal is an October birthstone. However, perhaps more than any other gemstone, it is opal that’s shrouded in mystery and legends. One of the best-known stories about opal is that it is unlucky.
The orgin of this nasty reputation can be credited to Sir Walter Scott and his 1829 book “Anne of Geierstein,” featuring a story that spoke of an enchanted princess who wore opal that changed color with her mood.
However, a few drops of the holy water doused the stone’s magic fire, and she dies. It was around this time that opal began its association with bad omens. So strong was this belief that within a year of the book’s publication, the sale of opal in Europe witnessed a serious decline!
It was only in the year 1850 when opal deposits were discovered in Australia that opal’s reputation took a positive turn, finally shrugging off its negative image. Today opal enjoys a great following and is one of the most popular gemstones.
If her birthday falls within October, then there isn’t a better gift than lovely opal jewelry. Fabulous in any color and flawless in any setting, opal jewelry makes the most important woman in your life feel like royalty. Present opal jewelry on her birthday and see her face glow with joy. Opal is also a traditional gift for those celebrating their 14th wedding anniversaries!
Other Popular Opals
Need more amazing opals to drool over? Consider these rare and unique varieties to add to your collection!
Australian Boulder Opal: One of the most popular opal varieties, Australian boulder opal is renowned for its rainbow-like hues. Cut from huge boulders found underneath the ground, Australian boulder opal commands a higher price than man-made opal varieties.
Oregon Peach Opal: A rare gemstone, Oregon peach opal is found only in the USA. As the stone does not possess the characteristic opal play-of-color, it is one of the examples of common opal. However, the stone possesses a captivating color that’s created a strong following.
Ethiopian Sable Opal: The gemstone is an enhanced black opal renowned for its deep color and greater clarity that makes its play-of-color really pop!
Oregon Blue Opal: Also known as denim opal, Oregon blue opal is renowned for its intense color and subtle opalescent glow. The gemstone possesses rainbow-like hues like other precious opals.
Peruvian Pink Opal: Pink opals are delicate. However, Peruvian pink opal is slightly tougher and more durable thanks to its special formation.
Eric Johnson is an accomplish writer, speaker and personality development trainer. He has been working as a freelance writer for past 15 years, and his hobbies include jewelry designing and following fashion trends.