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Only 100% natural solid opal from Australia ( no doublets, triplets, treated or synthetic opals) . Unconditional Return policy! More About Shipping & Returns

Only 100% natural solid opal from Australia ( no doublets, triplets, treated or synthetic opals) . Unconditional Return policy! More About Shipping & Returns

Australian opals are known for their unique beauty and quality, making them some of the most sought-after gemstones in the world. Opals are formed over millions of years in sedimentary rocks, and Australia is home to some of the world's finest opal deposits. One of the most well-known opals from Australia is the Black Opal, which is found in the Lightning Ridge region of New South Wales. Black Opals have a dark body tone that allows the brilliant play of colors to stand out, ranging from deep blues, greens, and purples to reds, oranges, and yellows. Another popular variety is the Boulder Opal, which is found in the outback regions of Queensland. Boulder Opals have a unique appearance, with a natural ironstone matrix surrounding the opal. This creates a striking contrast between the rich colors of the opal and the earthy tones of the matrix. Opals are a popular choice for jewelry, and Australian opal jewelry is highly prized for its unique beauty and quality. Opals are often used in rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and can be set in a variety of metals, including gold, silver, and platinum. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. Opals are often used in rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and can be set in a variety of metals, including gold, silver, and platinum. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice. When purchasing Australian opal jewelry, it's important to consider the quality of the opal. Look for opals with bright and clear colors, with no cracks or inclusions that can affect the stone's durability. It's also important to ensure that the jewelry is made from high-quality materials and that the design complements the natural beauty of the opal. In addition to being a beautiful gemstone, opals are said to have healing properties and are believed to enhance creativity, imagination, and emotional wellbeing. Whether you're looking for a unique piece of jewelry for yourself or as a gift, Australian opal jewelry is a beautiful and meaningful choice.

A Christmas Story: The Opal Christmas Tree Brooch

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  • Category :  McKenna Mulvany
  • Date Posted :  Dec 19, 2022
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The holidays are the perfect occasion to wear all your favourite opal jewellery pieces. But there’s one trend that you may not know about, and it takes festive dressing with opals to the next level… the opal Christmas tree brooch! 

After falling out of style in the 200s an 2010s, brooches are once again coming into fashion as a decorative and bold form of statement jewellery. However, brooches have an incredibly storied history, dating as far back as 3300 BCE. In the beginning, brooches served a functional purpose, and were used to fasten ancient garments such as loincloths, cloaks, and togas. As such, they were an everyday clothing item for both men and women.

During the Middle Ages (5th century), brooches began to evolve into the more ornate accessory we know them as today. Each era brought a new trend, including the mourning brooch (18th century), which is famously associated with Queen Victoria, the aigrette brooch (19th century), with delicate metalwork, bejewelled birds, and plumes of feathers, and floral spray brooches (20th century), an opal version of which was owned and worn by Queen Elizabeth II.

With their intricate and opulent designs, brooches were considered to be a sophisticated item of fine jewellery. However, during the second half of the 20th century, particularly during the 1980s, the jewellery world was changed forever with the rapid rise in popularity of costume jewellery. Practicality and glamour were replaced by over-the-top designs that often exuded humour and camp, such as the opal Christmas tree brooch.

Opal Christmas tree brooches come in many different (and creative) styles, however, the most common design features a pyramid of precious opals stacked in the shape of a Christmas tree, interspersed with rubies, emeralds, and other colourful gemstones, which act as the tree’s “ornaments”. Atop the brooch there will typically be a gold or silver star. The concept was so well received that famous fashion designer Betsy Johnson released her own version as a part of one of her accessory collections, the design of which has inspired countless look-alikes. 

The Christmas tree brooch is a perfect example of the versatility of opals and how they can be used in jewellery making. What do you think of the opal Christmas tree brooch? Who knows- perhaps someday the Brisbane Opal Museum will design one of our very own!


References:

Bernstein, B. (2016, October 9). A history of brooches: the evolution of style. https://www.thejewelleryeditor.com/jewellery/vintage/know-how/history-of-brooches-evolution-of-style/.