Many people made their way to Australia in the 1800's, hoping to strike it rich from the country's gold rush, but a few lucky people also made their fortune in mining opals. Opals are the official national gem of the country, and an amazing 97% of the worlds opal supply originates from Australia. So we should perhaps be thankful to Australia for providing us with this luminous stone, since after all, how else would we be able to wear a gorgeous pair of opal earrings?
Opals display a fascinating array of different colors, and with large opals, it can be like looking at rainbow colored flecks against a rich black background. Opal earrings are usually made from stones with a predominant color, and there are many to choose from, from icy blue to a mixture of pink and silver. Opal earrings are best presented with a silver adornment, as a strong yellow gold can often clash with the subtle beauty of the stone.
Opal is traditionally associated with the notion of imagination and creativity, so it can be a great gift for any budding artists you might know. While it's likely that your opal once lay under the great plains of Australia, if you're lucky enough to own a pair of fiery orange opal earrings, it's possible that they were found in South or Central America.
The sheer versatility of opals when it comes to jewelry means that opals will be a much loved addition to any collection- the stone simply looks good with any look. You might actually need to be careful when you buy opals as a gift, since you could be tempted to keep them for yourself!