Australia’s desert regions are home to the most precious Opals in the world!
Play-of-colour is what makes Precious Opal rare – common Opal is abundant and was even recently found on Mars.
Pictured: A brooch by Marcus & Co. from the early 1900's features a Queensland Boulder Opal carved cameo of Aurora, goddess of the dawn, flying through a sky lit up with diamonds. Demantoid garnet fish and seaweed decorate the ocean bottom.
The jewellery industry is increasingly motivated by and linked to trends in the fashion industry. Fashion is all about colour and the colour schemes change seasonally. As opal is the only gemstone to contain all colours, with a play-of-colours and patterns, it is well-positioned to take advantage of this.
For example, the great fashion houses of Paris Chanel and Dior are relative newcomers to 'fine' jewellery creation; both have favoured Opals over the last few years with bold, adventurous designs emanating from their couture and fashion jewellery backgrounds. The more traditional jewellery names Van Cleef Arpels, Mauboussin and Tiffany all have renewed interest in Opal with stunning results. (Pictured: Chanel Boulder Opal & Paraiba Tourmaline bracelet with dragon motif)
Opal is fast becoming sexy! This trend will continue as people look beyond diamonds and pearls. New and exciting design houses such as bolda, Bunda and Guilians are uplifting the image of Opal and enciting Australians to wear and understand their enigmatic National Gemstone!
Opal has always inspired the world’s Master Jewellers – Louis Comfort Tiffany, Rene Lalique, Verdura and Cartier to name a few, have all set numerous Opals in astonishing designs.
Given a broad selection from which to choose, notwithstanding budget constraints, most customers prefer free shapes, particularly as they lend themselves to truly ‘one of a kind’ jewellery designs.
There is also a trend toward larger stones that make a statement – Boulder opals admirably fit that bill and do not carry exorbitant price tags. The statement made by wearing a big Opal is one of character, not a demonstration of worth – Opal lovers come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are all self-assured individuals. Opals are for trendsetters, not followers – that’s our motto! Be yourself be bolda!
Precious Opals are beautiful wherever they are found. Indonesia, Ethiopia, USA, Mexico & Brazil produce around one quarter of annual output in commercial quality stones.