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

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    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.

    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!

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