Compared to diamonds — which have long been regarded as symbols of luxury and romance —, the opal isn’t quite as venerated or iconic in the jewellery world. But the mineral-like rock carries its own unique beauty, thanks to its closely-packed structure that allows for a kaleidoscopic play of colour. When viewed from different angles, the stone appears to change hue.
It’s no surprise then, that French fashion house Dior has picked the gorgeous opal as the central gemstone in its latest high jewellery collection. Titled Dior et d’Opales, the new range features rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and secret watches — all of which are bedazzled with glittering stones such as rubies, emeralds, diamonds and, of course, opal.
Our favourite piece is the Majestueuse Opale timepiece, a marvellously opulent secret watch festooned with a colourful assemblage of diamonds, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires, spessartite and tsavorite garnets, emeralds, amethysts, rubies and blue sapphires. These vibrant bursts of colour are topped off with an iridescent black opal fringed with diamonds. The hidden dial underneath is also encrusted with diamonds.
The stunning piece is fashioned in yellow and white gold, and powered by a quartz movement. Indeed, telling time has never looked as magnificent. “When I look at an opal, I feel like I’m seeing the earth from afar, the oceans, the archipelagos, and the reflections of stars on ocean waves… I see it as nature’s gemstone par excellence, a stone that’s so intertwined with femininity, its connection becomes organic,” said Victoire de Castellane, Artistic Director of Dior Joaillerie.