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Opals are having a Style Renaissance

October has long been celebrated with the Opal, but Opals are not just for those who are October-born. Surfacing as one of the key jewellery trends in the designer showrooms at Paris fashion week last month, Opals were presented by many notable names. So throw away those fictitious superstitions, because here are some top reasons why Opals are having a resurgence of popularity, and why you should perhaps take a closer look at this colourful gemstone.

The History of Opals

For many years people believed it was unlucky to wear an Opal if it was not your birthstone. This myth most likely derived from Sir Walter Scott’s fictional novel, Anne of Geuerstein, written in 1829. In the story, Lady Hermione, who is falsely accused of being a demoness, is reduced to ashes after holy water falls onto the Opal she wears; destroying its colour. And so too, the Opal’s popularity for many years.

Queen Victoria dismissed superstitions by gifting Opals to her daughters and the woman at court, so we can thank Queen Victoria for making them fashionable again.

Opals as a Marriage Celebration

A tradition not so well-known; the Opal is the gemstone you should be considering if you have spent almost a decade and a half with your betrothed. Often associated with fidelity - myth has it that the Opal will lose its lustre when worn by someone who is unfaithful to the giver. We have also seen Opals used to create uniquely styled vintage engagement rings.

Opal gives Inspiration

Like most stones, the Opal has had many beliefs attributed to it. The early Greeks believed it gave foresight to its owner. In the Middle East the stone was thought to be cast down from heaven with flashes of lightning, whilst for the Romans, the stone symbolised hope. When it comes to crystal healing, the Opal is believed to aid in treating infections and fevers. It is also said to strengthen the memory, give inspiration, enhance creativity and even boost self-esteem. 

Opal is a truly Magical Colour

It is this variation of colour that gives the Opal its name which is derived from the Latin “Opalus" and the Greek “Opallios" meaning "to see a colour change”. A precious Opal can be recognised by the rainbow-like colours that change depending on the angle of observation. This is normally referred to as the “play of colour”. 

We hope this has given you some insight into the world of Opals. If you are on the lookout for one of this truly unique gemstone, or any type of jewellery or rings, why not get in touch with one of our expert team members at Hatton Jewels who will be more than willing to help you choose the jewellery for your needs. At Hatton Jewels we also offer a unique design your own engagement ring service, which is perfect for ensuring the perfect diamond engagement ring as you can choose every single element of how you would like the ring to look. Just book an appointment at our boutique jewellery shop to find out about the near-endless configurations.


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