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Gemstone: Opal
18kt Rose Gold Les Papillons Bracelet with Pink Opal and Round Diamonds
Located in Arezzo, IT
The beauty of this flexible spiral-shaped titanium core bracelet elegantly wrapped around the wrist, while the sparkling diamonds and pink opal butterfly add a touch of glamor. A str...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Rose Gold, 18k Gold

Stephen Webster Fly by Night Pink Opal Crystal Haze and White Diamond Pendant
Located in London, GB
Handcrafted in charming pink opal with clear quartz Crystal Haze, elegant 18k rose gold and timeless 0.24 carat white diamond pavé, this 'Fly By Night' Crystal Haze Small Pendant is ...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Crystal, Opal, Quartz, Other, Diamond, White Diamond, Gold, 18k Gold, Ro...

Opal Pink Sapphire 22 Karat Gold One-of-a-Kind Dangle Drop Earrings
Located in New York, NY
These subtle pink opal dangle drop earrings will make an elegant addition to any outfit. Rose earrings. They are comfortable and are easy to coordinate with any look. Handcrafted. On...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Multi-gemstone, Opal, Sapphire, Pink Sapphire, Yellow Sapphire, Gold, 18...

Joke Quick Lightning Ridge Black Opal Rose-Cut Diamond Mosaic Ring
Located in Antwerp, BE
One of a kind ring handmade in Belgium by jewellery artist Joke Quick. Diamonds and gemstones in different cut shapes and colours are set like a mosaic. This Ring is Handmade the tr...
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2010s Art Nouveau Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Black Opal, 18k Gold, Rose Gold, Sterling Silver

18 Karat Yellow Gold Fire Opal Drops "Cat and Mouse" Modern Design Earrings
Located in Rome, IT
18 Karats Yellow Gold Fire Opal "Cat and Mouse" Modern Design Earrings These earrings have been made for a particular exhibition: "Cat and Mouse in Literature and Arts". in Roma Muse...
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2010s Artisan Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Fire Opal, Rhodium, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, White Gold

Fire Opal Gold Filled Chain Necklace Virgin Mary Medal Silver Pendant J Dauphin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fire Opal Gold Filled Chain Necklace Virgin Mary Medal Silver Pendant J Dauphin Exclusive piece with a Round Virgin Mary Medal in Silver with an Fire Opal Baguette Cut set in a Gol...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 14k Gold, Gold-filled, Gold Plate, Silver

Natural Ethiopian 4.55ct Fire Opal Diamond Necklace Estate Platinum Pear Cut
Located in Torrance, CA
Finely detailed natural Ethiopian fire opal & diamond pendant & necklace crafted in 850 & 900 platinum. Natural opal measures 16mm x 9mm (estimated at 4.55 carats), accented with a...
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Mid-20th Century Modern Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, Fire Opal, Platinum

Ruby Opal Pearl and Diamonds 18 Karat Gold Ring
Located in Monte Carlo, MC
A truly elegant one of a kind Ring, A pear shape opal a cabochon ruby as well as a round pearl are delicately placed on both sides of a shank. They seem to defy gravity. The shank i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, Pearl, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Black Opal 8.10 Ct Natural Australian Stone Ink Ultramarine Blue Oval Cabochon
Located in Berlin, DE
Natural Australian Black Opal opal origin - Australia opal weight - 8.10 carats opal measurements - 0.20 х 0.55 х 0.75 in / 5 х 14 х 19 mm
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2010s Artisan Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Black Opal

Antique Opal and Diamond Ring, Hallmarked 1902
Located in Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
A very pretty opal and diamond set ring centring on an oval, cabochon-cut opal to the centre. On each side of the principal opal , in a bow-shaped setting are two rose cut diamonds ...
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Early 1900s Edwardian Antique Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold

Medal Chain Necklace Pink Sapphire Opal Heart Medal Saint J Dauphin
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Medal Chain Necklace Pink Sapphire Opal Heart Medal Saint J Dauphin Medal French Saint Jeanne Le Mat with 3 Opals and Silver Medal with Heart and Pink Sapphire Chain is 24" but can...
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2010s Victorian Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Pink Sapphire, Gold-filled, Bronze

7.52 Carat Oval Cab Ethiopian Opal Diamond Accents 14K White Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Decorate yourself in elegance with this Ring is crafted from 14-karat White Gold by Gin & Grace. This Ring is made up of 12x16 mm Oval-Cab (1 pcs) 7.52 carat Ethiopian Opal and Round...
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20th Century Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Diamond, 14k Gold, White Gold

Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra Rare Pink Opal 18KYG Earrings Box and Papers
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Van Cleef & Arpels Vintage Alhambra pink opal earrings crafted in 18 karat yellow gold. These have been retired from the collection, and are circa 2015. The earrings measures 15 x 15...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

14k Gold Cross Pendant with Colored Stones Opals and Tsavorites
Located in Istanbul, TR
Cross pendant with colored stones: natural fire opals and tsavorite (green garnet). Weight: 1.9 g. Gold: 14kt solid yellow gold Size: 31 x 19 mm. Natural stones: 1. Tsavorite garnet:...
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2010s Modern Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Tsavorite, 14k Gold

Rosior one-off Opal and Diamond Ring Hand Chiseled and set in White Gold
Located in Porto, PT
Rosior contemporary cocktail ring, made in 19.2K gold, hand chiseled and set with: - 1 oval cut white opal; - 113 white diamonds with 1,96ct. Easily resized at our atelier. This uniq...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, White Diamond, Gold, White Gold, Rhodium

Opal and Garnet Cluster Ring in 18k Gold, Vintage Cluster Ring
Located in PARIS, FR
Opal and garnet cluster ring in rose gold 18 karats. A cabochon opal is set with 19 claws. This noble opal presents beautiful plays of color, from bright and luminous yellow, orange,...
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1950s Post-War Vintage Opal Jewelry

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Garnet, Opal, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

26.43 CTW Au Opal, Tourmaline & Diamond Earrings, Impressive Play of Colors
Located in Hong Kong, HK
Please check out the HD video! These are Australian doublet Opals. Extremely difficult to find a matching pair! When it comes to opals, one of the most important character people loo...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Tourmaline, Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold

2.37 Carat Oval Blue Red Flash Opal Diamond Halo White Gold Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1950's Opal and diamond ring. Oval red, blue orange flash opal in a 14k white gold setting with a halo of 21 round cut diamonds. 1 oval white crystal with red, orange, yellow and b...
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Mid-20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 14k Gold, White Gold, Gold

Oxidized Sterling Silver Ethiopian Opal, Coral and Diamond Ring
Located in Towson, MD
One oxidized sterling silver ring set with one pyramid faceted 10x8mm Ethiopian opal, one hundred eighty-two brilliant cut diamonds, approximately 1.00 carat total weight with matchi...
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Late 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Coral, Diamond, Opal, Sterling Silver

1.10 Carat Ethiopian Opal Oval Cut and Diamond 10K Yellow Gold Classic Pendant
Located in New York, NY
Crafted of an oval cut Gin & Grace Natural Opal and brilliant diamond pendant , this impressive pendent is the ideal way to enhance yourself and show off your sense of fashion. The d...
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20th Century Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 10k Gold, Yellow Gold

Pink Opal Earrings in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in JAIPUR, IN
This collection is inspired by the Mughal Era and their influences on the architecture of the times. The main motifs of this collection are derived from some of the most famous monum...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Yellow Gold, 14k Gold

925 Sterling Silver Diamond Opal Earring
Located in jaipur, IN
925 Sterling Silver Diamond Opal Earring Gross Weight: 22.380 14k Gold Weight: 2.520 Cts. Silver Weight: 16.410 gms Diamond Weight: 3.75 Cts. Opal Weight: 13.50 Dimension: Size- 55x...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 14k Gold, Sterling Silver

14 Karat Yellow Gold Opal and Diamond Ring
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Opal and Diamond Ring Size 7.25- This elegant ring features one oval opal (9 mm x 7 mm) and six round single cut diamonds set in classic 14K yellow gold...
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Early 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Yellow Gold

Goshwara Opal Bead Stud with Rose Cut Diamonds Earrings
Located in New York, NY
Opal Bead Stud Earrings with Rose Cut Diamonds in 18K Yellow Gold, 'Limited Edition' Approx. Stone Wt: 5.73 Carats (Opal) Diamonds: G-H / VS, Approx. Wt: 0.52 Carats
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold

20mm Peruvian Blue Opal Round Beaded Necklace with Handmade Toggle Clasp
By Rocat Designs
Located in Tucson, AZ
Gorgeous one of a kind superb quality 20mm round natural Peruvian blue opal beaded necklace with tiny sterling silver accent beads and finished with an elegant sterling silver toggle...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Opal

1.70 Carat Ethiopian Opal Oval Cab Diamond Accents 10K Yellow Gold Ring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique ring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace ring. This ring is made up of 8X10 Oval-cabochon Prong Setting Natural Opal (1pc...
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20th Century Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 10k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage Art Deco Opal 1.60ct Mine Cut Diamond Ring 14k Yellow Gold Cocktail
Located in Torrance, CA
Striking vintage opal & diamond ring (circa 1920s to 1930s), crafted in 14 karat yellow gold. Centrally mounted natural opal measures 14mm x 11mm (estimated at 6 carats), accented ...
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Early 20th Century Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

14 Karat Yellow Gold Black Opal Bracelet
Located in Washington Depot, CT
Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Black Opal Bracelet- This stunning bracelet features seven oval black opals (13 mm x 11 mm) set in beautifully detailed 14K yellow gold. Size: 6.5 inch...
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20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Black Opal, Yellow Gold

7 Ct Ethiopian Opal & Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat + 14 Kt Gold Chain
Located in New York, NY
Approximately 7 Carat Ethiopian Opal & Diamond Pendant / Necklace 14 Karat + 14 Kt Gold Chain This spectacular Pendant Necklace consisting of a single Ethiopian Opal Approximately ...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Diamond, Yellow Gold, Gold, 14k Gold

Yellow Gold Opal & Diamond Halo Stud Earrings, 14k Round Cabochon .48ctw Pierced
Located in Greensboro, NC
Metal Content: 14k Yellow Gold Stone Information: Genuine Australian Opals Carats: .40ctw Cut: Round Cabochon Natural Diamonds Carats: .08ctw Cut: Single Color: F - G Clarity: VS...
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Late 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Yellow Gold

Classic Opal 14K Yellow Gold Oval Cab Earring
Located in New York, NY
Stunning, timeless and classy eternity Unique Earring. Decorate yourself in luxury with this Gin & Grace Earring. The 14k Yellow Gold jewelry boasts Oval Cab Prong Setting Genuine 6x...
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20th Century Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Amethyst White Gold Diamonds Engraved Pink Opal Flat Drops Earrings
Located in Bangkok, TH
2 round Amethyst cabochons support 2 oval faceted amethysts 8x6 mm and 2 small diamonds then at the bottom we have 2 large engraved Pink Opal flat drops measuring 25 x 35 mm. with 2...
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2010s Art Deco Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Amethyst, Diamond, White Gold

Stephen Webster CH₂ White Opalescent Crystal Haze and Diamonds Cocktail Ring
Located in London, GB
'CH₂' celebrates 25 years of the Crystal Haze effect created by Stephen Webster, introducing a new and exciting colour palette to fine jewellery. Retaining the distinct magic that ma...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, Quartz, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Vintage 9ct Yellow Gold Cufflinks with Bright Opal Triplet
Located in Benfleet, GB
A vintage 9ct yellow gold set of cufflinks inset with a bright opal triplet This stylish piece from an unknown maker was created with an exception attention to detail
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Late 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 9k Gold

Beautiful 14 Carat Gold and Colourful Natural Opal Pendant
Located in St Helens, GB
A superb statement pendant. Solid 14 carat gold example. Designed with many oval and round shaped natural opals. Full of colour. Finely set into grain bezel settings. CONDITION ; Ex...
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20th Century Edwardian Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Gold

Vintage Opal 1.10Ct Ruby and Diamond Yellow Gold Cocktail Ring
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive vintage 0.65 carat opal, 1.10 carat ruby and 0.22 carat diamond, 18 karat yellow gold and and white gold set cluster ring; part of our diverse vintage jewelry c...
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1980s Vintage Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Ruby, Gold, 18k Gold, White Gold, Yellow Gold

Fire Opal Gold Stud Earrings Fiery Orange Mexican Stone Minimalism Unisex
Located in Berlin, DE
14K yellow gold earrings with natural Fire Opal opal origin - Mexico opal measurements - 0.16 х 0.2 х 0.2 in / 4 х 5 х 5 mm earrings weight - 2.96 grams Minimal collection
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2010s Artisan Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Fire Opal, Gold, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

New 10.13ct Pear Ethiopian Opal and 0.39ctw Diamond Frame Ring in 14K White Gold
Located in Vienna, VA
New 10.13ct Pear Ethiopian Opal and 0.39ctw Diamond Frame Ring in 14K Pear Ethiopian Opal and Diamond Frame Ring 14K White Gold Ethiopian Opal Carat Weight: Approx. 10.13ct Clarity:...
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21st Century and Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, White Gold, 14k Gold

Chrysophrase, Carnelian, Ethiopian Opal and Diamond Earring 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in JAIPUR, IN
Elegant and exquisitely detailed 14 Karat Yellow Gold Dangle Earring, set with 10.90Cts .Fancy Shape Chrysoprase & 3.40 Cts Carnelian, accented with 0.73 Cts Ethiopian Opal and micro...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Carnelian, Diamond, Opal, Chrysophrase, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rare 9.77 Carat Natural Australian Black Opal and Diamond White Gold Ring
Located in Tustin, CA
Captivating, cobalt and turquoise blue colored oval cut natural Australian black opal and diamond large estate cocktail ring is set in 14 karat white gold. This is a natural black op...
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20th Century Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, White Diamond, Opal, Black Opal, 18k Gold, White Gold

Australian 7.65ct Boulder Opal Ring in 18K White Gold
Located in Sydney, AU
An otherworldy beauty imbues the 'La Fortuna' opal ring featuring a stunning boulder opal (7.65ct) from Winton, Australia. The precious gemstone presents a marvellous emerald and cer...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 18k Gold, White Gold

Australian 0.44ct Opal Doublet Pendant Necklace in 18K Yellow Gold with Diamonds
Located in Sydney, AU
She is beauty. She is grace. ‘Raina’ opal doublet pendant (0.44ct) embodies poise and refinement through a classic blue-green opal colour combination and a simple diamond twist frame...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Church & Co Garnet Tourmaline Peridot Amethyst Opal Tree Brooch 14k Gold 3.50ctw
Located in Greensboro, NC
Brand: Church & Co. Metal Content: 14k Yellow Gold Stone Information: Genuine Garnet Carat: .55ct Cut: Oval Color: Red Genuine Tourmaline Carat: .50ct Cut: Oval Color: Gree...
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Late 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Amethyst, Garnet, Opal, Peridot, Tourmaline, 14k Gold

Mexican Fire Opal Ring Certified 5.5 Carats Circa 1940s
Located in Southbury, CT
A spectacular and utterly unique 14K yellow gold ring from the Retro era (circa 1940s) featuring six cabochons of natural fire opals from Mexico. These gorgeous and highly-prized gem...
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1940s Retro Vintage Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Fire Opal, 14k Gold

Opal Yellow Gold Earrings Drop Shape Neon Blue Rainbow Doublet Australian Gems
Located in Berlin, DE
14K yellow gold earrings with doublet opal opal origin - Australia stone measurements - 0.079 х 0.2 х 0.31 in / 2 х 5 х 8 mm earrings weight - 1.25 grams earrings length - 0.98 ...
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2010s Modern Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Yellow Gold, Gold, 14k Gold

Black Opal and Diamond Gold Ring
Located in Montreal, QC
Awesome Opal and Diamond Free Form Gold Ring. Hand set with 4 Black Opal Doublets and 3 Old-cut diamonds, approx. 0.21tcw. Finely Hand crafted 18K Yellow Gold mounting. Marked: 750, ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Black Opal, Gold, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Owyhee Blue American Opal and Sterling Silver Bezel Set Oval Statement Ring
Located in Tucson, AZ
A stunning Owyhee blue opal cabochon was bezel set in sterling silver to make this one of a kind ring. The shank of the band is a simple and elegant split style and the bezel setting...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Sterling Silver

Antique Art Nouveau Opal and Ruby Yellow Gold Brooch, Circa 1910
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
A fine and impressive antique 0.30 carat opal and 0.04 carat ruby, 15 karat yellow gold heart shaped brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry collections. This fine and impressiv...
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1910s Art Nouveau Vintage Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Ruby, 15k Gold, Yellow Gold

Opal Diamond Earrings, Genuine Opal, Diamond Halo .91 Carat Stud Earrings
Located in Austin, TX
These organic blue opal earrings are to die for! The opal is incredibly bright and looks gorgeous with a halo of diamonds around each. The stud design is the most popular type of e...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

16.15 Carat Australian Opal, Diamond and Emerald Necklace Estate Fine Jewelry
Located in Montreal, QC
Simply Beautiful! Elegant and finely detailed House of Ming design with a Natural Australian Lightning Ridge Dark Gray Opal Pendant Necklace. Center Hand set with a securely nestled ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Emerald, Opal, Gold, 14k Gold, White Gold

Yellow Gold Opal & Diamond Bypass Ring, 10k Marquise Cabochon Cut .62ctw
Located in Greensboro, NC
Size: 4 1/4 Sizing Fee: Down 1 size for $30 or up 2 sizes for $35 Metal Content: 10k Yellow Gold & 10k White Gold Stone Information Genuine Opal Carat: .60ct Cut: Marquise Cabochon...
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Late 20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Yellow Gold

Antique 1920s Opal and Seed Pearl Yellow Gold Pendant
Located in Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne
An impressive antique 0.63Ct opal and seed pearl, 9k yellow gold pendant; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections. This fine and impressive opal and pearl...
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1920s Vintage Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Pearl, 9k Gold, Yellow Gold

12.55 Ct. Fire Opal & Pave' Diamond Designer Ring in 18K Gold by Assor Gioielli
Located in Honolulu, HI
Magnificent fire opal & champagne diamond ring by Assor Gioielli. This ring features a stunning 12.55 carats large oval cabochon orange fire opal set in a well crafted 18k white gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modern Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, Fire Opal, 18k Gold

Amethyst and Diamond Studded Earrings in 14 Karat Yellow Gold
Located in JAIPUR, IN
This collection is inspired by the Mughal Era and their influences on the architecture of the times. The main motifs of this collection are derived from some of the most famous monum...
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2010s Contemporary Opal Jewelry

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Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Le Vian 17 Carat Opal Rose Gold Pendant
Located in Great Neck, NY
Bring out your passion for jewelry with this 18K Strawberry Gold Le Vian Couture Pendant Necklace featuring a stunning 17 carat Neopolitan Opal surrounded by 1/2 ct. tw. Passion Ruby...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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White Diamond, Brown Diamond, Opal, Ruby, 18k Gold, Rose Gold

Natural Ethiopian Opal Sapphire Necklace 14k Gold 11.5 TCW Certified
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Natural Finely Faceted Quality Ethiopian Opal Sapphire Necklace 14k Gold 17" 11.5 TCW Certified $8,950 016621 This is a Unique Custom Made Glamorous Piece of Jewelry! Nothing says,...
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Opal, Sapphire, Gold, 14k Gold, Rose Gold

Kabana Australian Opal Yellow Gold Bracelet
Located in New York, NY
KABANA AUSTRALIAN OPAL YELLOW GOLD BRACELET -Mint condition -14 k Yellow Gold -Australian Opal, Diamond -Length: 6.5” -Width: 4.5mm -Weight: 18.7gr
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2010s Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 14k Gold, Yellow Gold

Opal Diamond Halo Yellow Gold Cluster Cocktail Ring
Located in Stamford, CT
1950's Opal and diamond cluster cocktail ring. Heart shaped center opal with a halo of single cut round diamonds with a second halo of round cut opals, set in a 18k yellow gold setti...
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Mid-20th Century Opal Jewelry

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Diamond, Opal, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Gold

Antique and Vintage Opal Jewelry

Opals were discovered in 400 BC, and since then five types have been found throughout the world. Before you start shopping for mysteriously beautiful vintage opal rings and other opal jewelry, learn about the different varieties of the gem — and find out which historical figure was reportedly willing to trade his kingdom for a single stone.

Here is a little riddle for you: the month of October has two birthstones, but only one of them encompasses the colors of other birthstones. If you guessed opal, you’re right! (The other gemstone associated with the month of October is tourmaline.)

Opals are such unusual gemstones that there are too many old-wives tales associated with them, like if you’re a blond, wearing an opal necklace will protect your locks from losing color. Opals were also very fashionable in the early 19th century, up until the publication of Sir Walter Scott’s novel Anne of Geierstein in 1829. The title heroine wears an opal and succumbs to an untimely death. However, the British monarchy, and in particular Queen Victoria, did not let this story get in their way, and they frequently gifted opals to friends and family members. October babies should disregard the noise and proudly wear their opals!

There are five types of precious opals: boulder opal, fire opal, crystal/water opal, black opal, and white/light opal. Each variety is distinguished by its color.

So, where does the name come from? The word opal is thought to originate from the Roman opalus or from the Sanskrit úpala (“precious stone”) or from the Greek opallios (“to see a color change”). So while there have been many names for the stones, opals were first discovered in 400 BC in Ethiopia. But the early reference that comes up most often in history books is from the Roman philosopher Pliny the Elder, who wrote about it in 75 AD. In his text he refers to it as opali. The Romans were big fans of opal, Mark Antony was so enamored by it that, as the story goes, he was willing to trade a portion of his kingdom for a single opal.

There's a wide variety of antique and vintage opal jewelry on 1stDibs (and you won't have to trade your kingdom for it).

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