Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear

October 25, 2021

Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear

Lately, we have noticed an increase in opal jewelry requests! 

This uniquely iridescent, opalescent stone creates a holographic effect that is as much sought after as it is mesmerizingly dreamy. 

History of Opals

This captivating stone has been cherished for centuries for numerous reasons, including positive energy and good luck. Dating back millennia, opals are formed by water flowing through rock for thousands of years. The water leaves behind silica spheres that form in layers into opal. This holographic effect is called “play-of-color” in gemological terms. 

Deriving from the Sanskrit word “upala” meaning precious stone, and the Greek word “opallios” meaning change in color, comes the modern “Opal.” Opals can be found all over the world, from Mexico and South America, to Africa and Australia. Some of the earliest opal jewelry found can be dated back to 4000 BC, and it could be carved relatively easily in ancient times due to its softness of 5.5 on the Moh’s scale. 

Rumor has it that in Roman history, Caesars offered opal to their wives as a symbol of luck. It was seen as a precious and very powerful stone. Over the years, the stone continued to have the same romantic and preternatural connotation to it, and modern-day opal jewels symbolize the gift of prophecy, love, and creativity. 

How to Wear Opal Jewelry:

Although opals make delightful special occasion, or even right hand rings, we highly recommend to choose your opals for necklaces and earrings first. The soft nature of the opal makes it a little too delicate for long term wear. This is why we do not recommend opal engagement rings if they are requested! Our ethically sourced engagement rings are designed for a lifetime of wear on your hand that the soft opal simply can’t withstand. Should you love a colored stone, please feel free to get in touch with Valley Rose to choose a bespoke and unique ethically sourced colored gemstone! 

 

Best Ethically Sourced Opal Jewelry to Shop Right Now

 

Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear Opal ring 14k gold

Carina Opal Ring

Our expertly handcrafted Carina opal ring is dainty as it is unique with a V shaped design. Adorned with the most charming and elegant cabochon opal stone, this piece is available in rose and yellow gold.

 

Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear Opal earring 14k gold

Mira Opal Earrings

Delight in the dainty and exquisite Mira opal earrings! Designed to stack into your earring collection, or be worn alone, these delightful opal stud earrings bring charm to any occasion. 

 

Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear Opal ring 14k gold

Juliet Opal Ring 

Named after Juliet, which means "sacred to Jupiter”, our 7 stone opal ring features an Australian opal accented by 6 melee white sapphires. A classic and timeless opal ring, just imagine the dreamy, ever-changing stone colors!

 

Guide To Opal Jewelry: Meaning, History, and How to Wear Opal ring 14k gold

 

Juliet Opal Necklace

If you’re looking for the perfect opal necklace, look no further! A luscious ethically sourced opal rests above five twinkling sustainably grown diamonds. This opal necklace would make a delightful gift, or bridal present. 


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Sizing & Care

Ring Sizing Guide

Print and download this chart to find your ring size. Make sure you use exactly 8.5"x11" letter paper. You can use a string or a piece of paper and wrap around your finger or nuckle to measure the circumference and match to your size.

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Necklace Sizing Guide

Follow this chart to see where the necklace will fall. All necklace sizes are described on the product pages. We suggest getting a piece of string and measuring necklace on your neck to ensure best fit. 

 

Special Care Instructions

To keep your jewels looking their best please keep these tips in mind to extend the life of your pieces.