Opals are some of the most unique gemstones on Earth. They range from milky white to fiery red and deep blue-green, and all have a kaleidoscope of shimmering colors within, called play-of-color. Here are some of the most incredible pieces of opal jewelry in honor of one of October’s birthstones.
This incredible bracelet from Oscar Heyman features museum-quality black opal in different shapes and sizes, with blue sapphires and green emeralds enhancing the play-of-color.
Oscar Heyman bracelet in platinum with 27.93 carats black opal, 10.04 carats sapphire, 9.73 carats emerald, 4.62 carats diamond, and 2.05 carats golden yellow diamond, $260,000, oscarheyman.com
This cocktail ring from John Hardy showcases a magnificent Ethiopian white opal, which has a swirling play-of-color within. Yellow gold and brown diamonds offset its magical colors.
John Hardy Modern Chain Duken ring in 18K yellow gold with Ethiopian White opal and 1.54 carats brown diamond, $24,000, johnhardy.com
Nina Runsdorf uses the finest gemstones in her pieces, and this opal bracelet is truly a magnificent example. Red and orange fire opals are rare and renowned for their brilliant hues. Unlike other opals, fire opals are transparent and the play-of-color is more subtle. To see this many — over 150 carats — in one piece is truly special. Nina Runsdorf mixes different hues and cuts, all in organic shapes, and sprinkles in diamonds for additional sparkle.
Nina Runsdorf bracelet in 18K yellow gold with 151.07 carats fire opal and 2.33 carats diamond, price on request, ninarunsdorf.com
Sanjay Kasliwal features organic-shaped blue opals in these swoon-worthy earrings. Delicately linked with droplet-shaped tanzanite stones, whose violet-blue highlights the many shades of blue from within the opals, while diamonds add a touch of sparkle.
Sanjay Kasliwal Anup earrings in 18K white gold with 17.53 carats blue opal, 6.08 carats tanzanite, and 1.10 carats diamond, $12,000, sanjaykasliwal.com
The Galaxy earrings from Irene Neuwirth stunningly display the true beauty and range of colors that only the best white opals can have. Some are more of a pearlescent pure white, while others have a radiant play-of-color in shades of green or red.
Irene Neuwirth Galaxy earrings in 18K rose and white gold with 46.18 carats opal and 0.54 carats diamond, $27,980, ireneneuwirth.com
Featherstone features a stunning Lightning Ridge opal in this pendant. Lightning Ridge opals are among the most rare and most valuable opals, and they are renowned for the strong play-of-color and blue-green hue. Multicolored sapphire and tourmaline highlight the colors within.
Featherstone Queensland necklace in platinum with 34.09 carats Lightning Ridge opal, 3.10 carats sapphire, and 1.43 carats tourmaline, $76,000, email@example.com, featherstonedesign.com
Suzanne Kalan is known for her Fireworks collections where baguette-cut diamonds seem to explode from each piece. In this gorgeous ring, one of her more substantial pieces, she surrounds an enormous Ethiopian opal with mixed cuts of diamonds. Delicate, claw-shaped prongs add a unique look.
Suzanne Kalan ring in 18K rose gold with 23.60 carats Ethiopian opal and 1.19 carats diamond, $6,660, suzannekalan.com
Temple St Clair
These earrings from Temple St Clair feature beautiful opals with a truly unique play-of-color. The colors are quite strong and appear like a swirling galaxy within the stones.
Temple St Clair Cascade earrings in 18K gold with 36.5 carats black opal, 1.31 carats opal, and .2 carats blue sapphire, $38,000, templestclair.com
Delicate pink opals in different-sized cabochons hang like bubbles in these beautiful earrings from Ananya. The colors vary from a pale pink to a more intense pink, showing the range of pink opals.
Ananya Lotus earrings in 18K white gold with 10.42 carats pink opal, and 0.55 carats diamond, $5,000, ananya.com
These beautiful earrings from designer Arman Sarkisyan feature beautiful blue-green opals with a touch of yellow surrounded by a star-shaped diamond setting.
Arman Sarkisyan earrings in 22K gold and silver with 6.04 carats opal and 1.44 carats diamond, $14,610, armansarkisyan.com
Ashley Zhang surrounds an Australian opal with diamonds in this pretty ring. The diamonds accentuate the kaleidoscope of colors within the opal.
Ashley Zhang Diamond Halo ring in platinum and 18K yellow gold with an approximately 3-carat Australian opal and 0.50 carats diamond, $3,200, ashleyzhangjewelry.com