2023 Top Opal Jewellery Trends

It’s been said that Australian opal is the most beautiful of all gems. Opal has been enchanting jewellery lovers since ancient times and its popularity in modern jewellery design - from high-end statement pieces to everyday wear - is growing every year. Opal has unique qualities that no other gemstone can match - a kaleidoscope of vivid colour that shimmers and changes with the light, magnificent unique patterns, and a rarity that makes it one of the most valuable gemstones on earth. With 2023 now upon us, let’s take a look at the top opal jewelry trends for this year. 

Statement Opal Jewellery

In 2023, opal jewellery will continue to be a hit among customers who are looking for dazzling pieces that make a statement. From bold designs featuring large opals set against intricate fine metalwork to minimalist pieces that focus on the unique beauty of the opal gemstone itself, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for an eye-catching piece you will never take off or something special for a formal event, you can find it in statement opal jewelry. 

A stunning black solid opal in green and blue colours set into an 18ct gold ring with diamonds and green gemstones

Colourful Gemstone Combinations 

Opals come in many different tones and colours, so why not mix and match? For 2023, designers are pairing different opal colours and patterns with complementary stones such as diamonds or sapphires to create beautiful and unique pieces that truly stand out from the crowd. You can also combine multiple opal shapes  together to create one-of-a-kind designs that reflect your own personal style.  

Blue Opal Jewellery 

Blue opals feature a range of captivating tones from vivid sky hues and beautiful marine shades to deep midnight blues and beyond. Blue opal jewellery will be on everyone's fingertips, necks, earlobes and wrists this year as blue skyrockets to become the most popular opal colour for 2023. Blue opal is fascinating, appealing to all jewellery tastes, and looks stunning set in either white or yellow gold as well as sterling silver and gold plated silver. Blue opal jewellery is perfect for any setting or occasion, and often features accent crystals or diamonds to really bring out the sparkle of the gemstone. 

Ethically Sourced Australian Opals 

One trend that will be especially popular in 2023 is Australian opals. These stunning natural gemstones have a distinctive play-of-colour and unique patterns that draw the eye like no other gemstone can. From bright oranges and yellows to deep blues and purples, these gems provide plenty of colour variation to choose from when designing your perfect piece of jewellery. Plus, as they come from the enchanting Australian outback where they are ethically sourced by small teams of opal miners, they have a unique story behind them which only adds to their appeal. 

An ornate blue opal set in yellow gold pendant

Opal Necklace & Opal Pendant Trends

Opal necklaces have long been a favourite of opal jewellery lovers, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down in 2023. Whether you opt for a simple but elegant bezel set opal pendant in gold or silver, or something more elaborate like an ornate, antique-style opal pendant with sparkling diamonds, you can never go wrong with an opal necklace. In addition, many designers are incorporating colourful stones like emeralds, tourmaline and sapphires into their designs to create eye-catching opal necklace pieces perfect for any occasion.  

Opal Earrings Trends

Nothing says elegance quite like a pair of opal earrings. There’s something about the way the light catches on these multi-coloured gemstones that makes them simply mesmerising! Whether you choose simple opal stud earrings or dangling opal drop earrings, these popular jewellery pieces will add some sparkle to your look while showing off your unique style.  

Opal Ring Trends

Opals rings make great statement pieces and are perfect if you're looking for something different from traditional diamond rings, especially if you’re planning to propose. Opals are particularly striking when set in yellow gold rings, but there are also stunning options available in white gold or rose gold if you prefer something more subtle. Opal ring trends we like are natural, ethically sourced opal gemstones set with other sparkling colourful gemstones, unique shapes including flowing freeform opal gems, and classic bezel set styles.

Freeform blue doublet opal earrings set in sterling silver

2023: The Year of Australian Opal

Australian opals offer plenty of colour variation while still maintaining their uniqueness - perfect for those looking to express themselves through their accessories. So whether you’re looking for something special for yourself or searching for the perfect gift for a loved one, Australian opals make stunning additions to any wardrobe. From classic opal necklaces and pendants to modern opal rings and opal earring styles, there’s sure to be an opal piece that will become one of your favourite accessories in 2023.

Opal jewellery is always fashionable, but this year it's set to become more popular than ever before. With statement pieces being all the rage and colourful combinations being at the forefront of design trends this season, it's clear that opal jewellery is here to stay. Whatever your style may be, there's sure to be a special opal piece out there waiting just for you. Explore our collection of Australian opal jewellery today!