Styles of Opals

Styles of Opals

Opals are wonderful stones that tell stories through their shapes, colours and patterns. The variety of opals you can find is astounding! The type of opal used can completely change the final look of a jewellery design, that’s why it is amazing to know about different styles of opals so you can have a deeper appreciation for these artistic natural gemstones.

Picture Stone

A picture stone is a natural gemstone that has patterns within it that resemble an image of something, such as a landscape, an animal, a flower, or a symbol. Opals are an example of a picture stone as there are many opals that have beautiful scenes or images within them. When these stones are used in jewellery, it automatically creates a meaningful story that draws people in, and people resonate with. Read more about opals as picture stones here.


Ocean Opal

The natural swirls and ambiguous patterns in opals often resemble the ocean. Their range of blues vary from deep ocean navy’s to light teal’s, just like the various colous found within the ocean. Many natural opals encapsulate the essence of the ocean, some even have a twinkle in them that mimics the twinkle of sunlight on the water. When used in jewellery, these opals perfectly reflect coastal style and capture memories of sunny days by the ocean.
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Forest Opal

These opals reflect colours that are found all throughout natural forests. They feature a range of colours from vivid or deep greens to earthy browns. Looking at these green opals make you feel like you’re gazing into a blur of treetops. The gleam of the light hitting the opals resembles sunlight peeking through the leaves in a rain forest. Some of these opals include ironstone features which make the opal look like streams of water flowing through the forest floor.

Rainbow Opal

As the name suggests, these natural opals include many colours within the one gemstone. These colours vary from red to blue to green to purple and every colour in between! These opals are extremely eye-catching and make for stunning jewellery. Because there are so many colours captured in these opals, different angles or lighting enhance different colopurs within the stone. These opals appear to shift colours right before your eyes!


Want to learn more about different types of opals? You can read more here!

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