Trend Forecasting: Dreamy Opals Are Having A Moment In The Sun

At last night's Met Gala, we thought we spied one redeeming thing about January Jones' comic book look — an opulent opal necklace. Ready to give her at least a few kudos, we were sorely disappointed upon closer inspection, to find that the jewel was a much less exciting turquoise choker. Alas, red carpet strutters can't win 'em all.
Regardless, trippy translucent opals have been popping up everywhere, of late: From stars whose style really shines (Busy Phillips rocked eerie earrings to the Oscars), to the latest Cartier catalogue — and even a bride we bowed down to last weekend who opted out of diamonds for an other-worldly engagement band — these babies are really making an impact.
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The kaleidoscopic and cool stone looks like it landed from outerspace, but did you know that most originate in Australia? Or that they have both a rep for providing good luck and supernatural powers? Sure, they don't come cheap, but we're betting they're the next big, perhaps huge, thing. So, check out this gallery of multi-colored, and thoroughly modern baubles, and hop on the bandwagon!
Photo: Brian Lindensmith/patrickmcmullan.com
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Manya & Roumen Grove Snail Ring, $8,250, available at Max & Chloe.
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Opals Down Under Doublet Opal Earrings, $286.36, available at Opals Down Under.
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Erickson Beamon Pink Opal Duchess of Fabulous Ring, $395, available at Barneys.
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Daniela Villegas Suriname Bracelet and Necklace, $11,125, available at Roseark.
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Irene Neuwirth Mismatched Boulder Opal and Diamond Earrings, $35,040, available at Barneys.
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Bluenoemi Sterling Silver Necklace with Opal Stones, $190, available at Etsy.
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Sunrise Opal Bright Green Boulder Opal Studs, $800, available at Sunrise Opal
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Sasson Orly Opal Earrings, $35, available at Etsy.
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Alinari Stefano Hands Earrings, $16,651, available at Luisa Viaroma .
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Sara Weinstock Emerald & Opal Chandelier Earrings, $14,960, available at Barneys.
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Gurhan Opal Eternity Band with Diamonds, $3,740, available at Ylang23.
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Judith Jack Lagoon Gilson Opal Ring, $295, available at Nordstrom.
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Opals Australia Solid Light Opal Earrings, $3,954, available at Opals Australia.
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Sunrise Opal Green 18K Diamond Boulder Opal Ring, $2,400, available at Sunrise Opal.
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