Fine opals have traditionally been reserved for use in haute jewelry due to their rarity and breath-taking display of color.
Recently, opals are enjoying a resurgence in popularity with luxury brands like Tiffany & Co. and Cartier jumping on board and creating new one-of-a-kind masterpieces utilizing this most sumptuous material.
I’m loving all of it because a truly magnificent opal has always been one of my personal favorites.
Perhaps the love affair started when my parents went on holiday to Australia when I was 9 years old and brought back a small opal and gold necklace as a “truce” for leaving me behind.
This is why I’m so happy to see new designers like Solange Azagury-Partridge reinterpreting them with a fresh new perspective mixing them with colored pavé diamonds in the most surprising color combo’s in her new collection.
If you don’t know or need a refresher on doublets, read this entry posted last year about opal doublets.