Opals Are the Easter Eggs Of Gemstones

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It’s egg-painting season, at least for those that partake in any element of Easter celebrations.

I bought this egg-dying kit that I’m certain is a disaster waiting to happen, though the picture on the box is what compelled me to purchase it. It promises a luminescent, multicolored glaze on my hard-boiled eggs akin to that of an opal. And what could be better than that for a gem lover?

Ashley Zhang opal flower cluster ring
Flower cluster ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.3 ct. opal and 0.45 ct. t.w. rose-cut diamonds, $1,280; Ashley Zhang
Eden Presley opal earrings
Drop earrings in 14k yellow gold with 7.81 cts. t.w. opals, 4.05 cts. t.w. emeralds, and 2.71 cts. t.w. rhodolite, $4,200; Eden Presley
Syna Jewels Mogul opal pendant
Mogul pendant in 18k yellow gold with 35 ct. Ethiopian opal and 0.75 ct. t.w. diamonds, $21,000; Syna

It got me thinking that if there was any gemstone that could hold the bounty of colors that represents Easter, it’d be opal. (There’s also turquoise, because some eggs in fact look like turquoise, but today is all about opal.)

Retrouvai opal Lollipop ring
Small Lollipop ring in 14k yellow gold with Australian opal and aquamarine, $5,315; Retrouvaí
Stranded Jewels opal earrings
Earrings in 14k yellow gold with opal and green tourmaline, $220; Stranded Jewels New York
M Spalten opal burst ring
Burst ring in 18k yellow gold with Mexican opal-in-matrix and 0.4 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,823; M. Spalten

I typically share some of the latest and greatest opal jewels in October—predictably, given its status as that month’s birthstone. But given the abundance of opal designs we see in this industry, it’s a missed opportunity not to spotlight it more than once a year. For all the mystery and enchantment an opal represents in October, the gem stands as an icon of spring as well, its rainbow of pastels an awakening of color after a long, dormant winter. There’s really nothing opal can’t do, come to think of it.

Amanda Hagerman opal pendant
One-of-a-kind ridged prong pendant in 18k yellow gold with Australian opal doublet, $1,900; Amanda Hagerman
Effy opal diamond ring
Ring in 14k yellow gold with opal and diamonds, $1,855; Effy Jewelry
Briony-Raymond Confetti opal earrings
Confetti cluster earrings in 18k yellow gold with opal and 0.3 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,800; Briony Raymond
Kassandra Nicholson opal ring
Signet ring in rose gold with Australian black opal, $2,650; Kassandra Nicholson
Julie Lamb opal Super Charming necklace
Metropolis Super Charming necklace in 18k yellow gold with custom-cut Ethiopian opal and 0.07 ct. diamond, $2,550; Julie Lamb NY
Jen Volkodav opal cuff bracelet
Cuff bracelet in 14k yellow gold with 9.1 ct. Brazilian opal, emerald, and rubellite tourmaline, $9,499; Jen Volkodav Jewelry Design
Alison Nagasue opal bead necklace
Necklace in 18k green gold with Welo opal rondelle beads, emerald, and tsavorite, $4,730; Alison Nagasue

But in the spirit of being totally on the nose, I tried to find the most literal representations of spring opals I could, paving the way for a whimsical weekend ahead, and the warmer weather that comes with it. Whether you’ll be celebrating or not, here’s wishing you a warm and colorful weekend.

Top: Pendant in 18k yellow gold with enamel, 3.1 ct. opal, and 0.55 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Lord Jewelry

Source: jckonline.com Brittany Siminitz

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