Colourful Opals are gemstones
steeped deep in legends and folklore. It is said that the Bedouins believed Opals
were filled with lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. Opal Earrings and jewels were beloved by the Aztecs, properly known as Mexica, who were prolific in creating incredible artwork and accessories with gold, precious gemstones, semi-precious gemstones and other materials. The Romans coveted the jewels as well, believing that the rainbow coloured gem was the most precious of them all. Opal earrings gorgeously frame the face with many design options including Opal stud earrings, Opal drop earrings and Opal hoop earrings, and many more creatively rendered designs in silver or gold as well. Opal is one of the more delicate gems rating 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness, you will often see bezel and other creative protective settings made specifically to support this precious stone. Opal earrings and jewels are available at Rocks & Co. in a wide range of designs. This incredible gem never ceases to amaze and enchant. The name is rooted in the Latin word 'opalus' meaning precious stone of many colours. Opal earrings feature this magical gem with the famously intense colour play that has fire which can surpass that of a Diamond. The multi-hued Opal also displays a background colour or body colour, caused by suspended impurities in the gem's silica spheres and a foreground patterned colour play. Single colour Opals are the opaque to translucent Fire Opal. Fire Opal earrings and jewels feature gems with citrus colours of yellows, oranges, and reds, as well as the cool hues of the rare Blue Fire Opal from Brazil!
Opal Stud Earrings
The kaleidoscopic multi-coloured beauty of Opal makes for incredibly distinctive Opal stud earrings. Opal stud earrings set in yellow gold or sterling silver are collectible treasures. Opal is the hydrated amorphous form of silica with up to 21 percent water content, but the average gem holds only 6 percent. Whether it is a solitaire design or a multi-stone, ornate design, Opal stud earring are exquisite when created by experts. Opal stud earrings make for a wonderful gift especially for those born in October, as Opal is October’s birthstone.
Opal Earrings in Gold
The hues of an Opal can truly range across the colour spectrum from the single colour Fire Opals to Opals with two or three colours to gems displaying all the colours of the rainbow. Opal earrings in yellow gold
are quite a treasure with the fiery hues of the gem playing beautifully off of the precious metal’s sunny hues. Opal is the result of seasonal rains on parched ancient desert rock and sand. The first known findings were in ancient Ethiopia.
Opal Drop Earrings
Compared to fireworks, volcanoes and galaxies, Opal has been dubbed Empress and Pandora by writers. Opal drop earrings can be an intensely beautiful jewel. The combination of white Diamonds in a halo setting around a drop design only serves to enhance the water-like beauty of this gem. Opal drop earrings, especially when set in yellow gold, is a sensual, intense and elegant addition to anyone´s jewel collection.
Fire Opal Earrings
The most important things to remember when choosing a coloured gemstone are the hue, tone and saturation of the gems. The colour determines the value of the gem of course, but more importantly, your personal attraction to a colour is key because you will be wearing it. Fire Opals are transparent to a semi-translucent variety of the mineral. At Rocks & Co., Fire Opal earrings feature the radiant mandarine orange and yellows of Buriti Fire Opals from Brazil and the incredible translucent reds and orange-reds of Mexican Fire Opals. Last but definitely not least are the rare and highly valuable Blue Fire Opal earrings and jewels featuring gems highly coveted by collectors.
Blue Opal Earrings
Ethiopian Opals and jewels, in general, are having another Hollywood moment in 'Uncut Gems' starring Adam Sandler. Opals and other jewels have had many a starring role in Hollywood flicks, including 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', 'The Pink Panther', and so on. Blue Opal earrings could easily be the name of a romance film or novel given their beauty and the gemstone´s legendary background.
At Rocks & Co. we have a wide array of Blue Opal earrings and other jewels featuring these stunning gemstones. Moreover, you will find earrings featuring Blue Fire Opals and Paraiba Opals from Brazil, Welo Opals from Ethiopia and Blue Opals from Madagascar and Peru in our shop every day.
White Opal Earrings
White Opals are gems with translucent to opaque white or other pastel coloured background with a distinctive play of colour on top. At Rocks & Co. our effervescent White Opal earrings are created with pieces from Australia, one of the major suppliers of Opals, and Ice Opal, which are a stunning icy white, from Oregon, USA and from Patagonia, Chile. White Opals earrings are stunning when set in either yellow gold, white gold or sterling silver.
Black Opal Earrings
Black Opal Earrings feature the most valued of all Opal types because the dark base gives an incredible depth and intensity to the colours at play on the surface. So the reds, the yellows, blues greens, and so on read like a kaleidoscopic painting. Black Opal earrings can be pricier than the others because of the gemstone´s rarity. When set in yellow gold, Black Opal earrings have a museum-quality beauty and flair. That being said, Black Opal earrings are also enticing with a cooler frame of white gold or sterling.
Silver Opal Earrings
At Rocks & Co., you can find Blue Opal silver earrings, Fire Opal Silver earrings, Buriti Fire Opal silver earrings, and Welo Opal earrings set in silver by searching for 'Opal earrings silver'. At Rocks & Co. our Silver Opal earrings are available in white silver and with yellow gold-plated vermeil finish. Silver Opal earrings with white Opals and the more pastel colours look especially beautiful set in the white precious metal.