Calling all October babies: it’s officially opal season.
Whilst those born in October have two spectacular birthstones to boast, we’re putting a special spotlight on opal, as its exceptional nature and one-of-a-kind colour combination makes it a truly extraordinary gem.
Cherished for its hazy-milky sheen and galaxy-like lustre, the stone is a symbol of purity and truth, and is believed to bring good fortune to those who bear it. Opal has a soft, warm characteristic, and a mystical aesthetic that easily makes it irresistible to the eye.
According to the American Gems Society, the term “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which means “to see a change in colour.” This perfectly underpins its shimmering rainbow hues. Unlike other stones, opals obtain their vividness from an intrinsic microstructure that diffracts white light into all the colours of the spectrum. Found everywhere from Brazil and Mexico to Australia, it’s a popular stone, with Queen Victoria being one of its most famous admirers.
From delicate, classic designs to more extravagant ones, we’ve curated a list of ways you could style this rare gemstone, and rock the earthly beauty this season.
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James & Irisa Galaxy Black Opal Doublet Ring
Looking for the perfect wedding ring? It’s always a tough decision to choose the right one. Providing some inspiration, this beautiful Galaxy Black Opal Doublet Ring (approx. THB 36,063) is specially designed for bridal wear. The Melbourne-based jewellers James & Irisa have embedded their signature diamonds with a meteorite-inspired textural design to curate a gorgeous evergreen-looking ring that will shine on your fingers while you say “I do.” Bursting with life and vitality, the handmade jewellery flaunts a natural Australian black opal doublet, eight natural blue sapphires, and a 14k solid white gold band. Opal rings are very ethereal, and can be idyllic engagement rings, too.
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Tiffany & Co. Pink Opal pendant
Elegant and feminine, Tiffany & Co.’s Pink Opal Pendant (approx. THB 75,117) from Tiffany T collection, flaunts a very youthful vibe. The pendant features the highly-coveted pink opal with sparkling diamonds accenting the brilliant 18k rose gold design. Known to be a powerful healing stone, pink opal can beautifully enhance your aura with its pearly sheen. Rock this opal pendant with casual-chic everyday wear or dress it up with an evening gown.
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Graziela Opal Captiva Chalcedony Earrings
Could we all take a moment to talk about how mesmerising this stunning pair of earrings is? Graziela’s Opal Captiva Chalcedony Earrings (approx. THB 90,459) captivates the feel of when white sandy beaches echo a blue twilight. Certainly very dreamy, the earrings by the Brazilian jeweller are studded with 0.44 carats of white diamonds, 10.8 carats of Opal Chalcedony, and cultured with 18K yellow gold. These earrings are truly exotic, and their distinctive design makes them a timeless accessory, too.
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Sofia Zakia Cathedral Book Locket
There couldn’t be anything more intimate and sweet than capturing your precious memories on the carvings of an antique locket. Sofia Zakia’s Cathedral Book Locket (approx. 50,602 THB) makes an unusually charming gift for your loved ones to treasure. This 14K gold locket boasts an Australian opal with diamonds that are exquisitely hand-crafted, and also is customisable to engrave inside and out. Create your own little fairytale.
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David Morris Opal and White Diamond Chandelier Earrings
We’ve been in awe with these chandelier earrings since we first saw them at the Paris Couture Week 2019. Known for his highly sought-after jewellery, David Morris mesmerised us again with his bold and vibrant design. These Opal and White Diamond Chandelier earrings (price on request) highlight the black opal, which is extremely rare and boasts a bewitching quality we love. The infusion of the enchanted blue-ish green hue makes us instantly fall in love with its beauty. Studded with 30.68 carats of black opal and 17.64 carats of white diamond, this pair makes quite a statement. Needless to say, when it comes to mounting opals, no one glorifies it in the way David Morris does it.
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