What color is an opal?

Posted On: 03.20.2013  |  Posted In: Artists, Jewelry

 

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What color is an opal?  The opal is a form of silica, a delicate combination of minerals.   Many are milky white with an alluring luminous quality that puts on a fiery show of color known as opalescence.   An opal’s color can range from glimmering white,  greenish blue,  pale pink Peruvian opal to flashing black and everything in between.

Green Peruvian Opals from Miller Canning

Green Peruvian Opals from Miller Canning

Jewelry artisan Miller Canning has crafted some gorgeous triple strand necklaces from Peruvian opals, one in soft pink, the other in shades of blue and green.  Because of the opal’s ability to reflect light in different ways, a piece of opal jewelry often looks a little different depending on the wearer and the light.  Every time you wear it you get a slightly different look.

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Margaret Thurman, artisan at Echo of the Dreamer, used opals to highlight a variety of turquoise, onyx,  and vesuvianite to create an exquisite one-of-a-kind bracelet.

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Artisan jeweler Carol Lipworth used lovely copper rings with iridescent brass beads and stunning blue-green Peruvian opals to craft a fabulous necklace, which will develop a rich patina with each wearing.  (Layered with a multi-chain necklace here.)4933_large

Opal earrings from Carol Lipworth

Opal earrings from Carol Lipworth

She has also created a stunning necklace and earring  duo of blue-green Peruvian opals with peridot and vermeil accents.

Whatever your choice, the opal is a gem that you will treasure for it’s versatility, individuality and style.  Come browse the opals, and choose the perfect one for you!

 


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