Every once and again, the world of high jewelry turns its eminent gaze towards an unlikely character. Of late, we feel this burning stare stirring the trippy shades that lie within the reemerging opal. Set amongst more recognizable stones that are often considered far finer, these opals not only hold their own, but manage to take center stage. And while we vie for the sense of adventure enjoyed from wearing this psychedelic stone, the elegant settings created for them by houses such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., and Cartier keep the finished product, well, finished.
Van Cleef & Arpels
Kazeh necklace from the Les Voyages Extraordinaires collection in Ethiopian opals and diamonds set in platinum, price upon request; Available at Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques. 1-877-VANCLEEF www.vancleef-arpels.com
necklace 35.52 carat opal, 8,5 carat, cabochon-cut, pear-shaped sapphire, briolette-cut diamonds, rose-cut diamonds, melon-cut Emerald beads, opal beads, and brilliants, price upon request; Available at Cartier boutiques. www.cartier.com
Tiffany & Co.
Black Opal and Gemstone Earrings with tourmalines and sapphires set in platinum, $60,000; Available at Tiffany & Co Boutiques
Dior Fine Jewelry
Coffret de Victoire Pendant in platinum with diamonds, doublet opals, peridots, tourmalines, rubellite, and tsavorite garnets, price upon request; Available at Christian Dior boutiques. 1-800-929-Dior
Opal Fruit Bangle in 18k blackened white gold featuring an opal center stone and rubies and colored sapphires, $99,200; Available at Solange Azagury-Partridge, Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles. www.solangeazagurypartridge.com