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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IGNITE Style Radar: Opal

A while back I posted about the growing popularity of geodes and semi-precious stones.  (ICYMI, here you go!)  And since then am happy to see them all over the place- they're so pretty! 

On our radar now?  OPAL.

I've always loved opals.  The first time I ever laid eyes on one was while I was going through  my mom's jewelry box as a child.  She had/has this amazing ring with a beautiful opal surrounded by sapphires.  I loved it so much, I laid claim to it right then and there and informed my mother of my wishes to have it passed down to me (not my sister) LOL!  I was such a sweet child.

Anyway, there are lots of different types of opals (crystal, synthetic, created and on and on).  Some are milky and white and some are darker, which I prefer since the flecks of color seem to stand out more (even though according to this, the darker ones are more likely to be fake).  The whiter ones remind me of mother of pearl but with more depth.  Real or not, hey are just so feminine and mysterious.



So you can imagine my delight when I found this ring set at H&M...

Quartz AND opal?  Yes, please!  I found these beauts on Etsy from Sarradise.  I can't imagine they're real but really, who cares?  They're just darling:






This one from EldorTinaJewelry on Etsy is so over the top but I love it:




I'll be keeping my eye out for more of these colorful gems.  What do you guys think?  Will these be hot or no?  We shall see!!




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