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Gold Opal Earrings: Our Ultimate Guide

Gold opal earrings would have to be one of our favourite styles of opal jewellery. Beautiful, elegant and luxurious - this type of exquisite jewellery exudes sophistication, and really has it all. Each stunning and unique piece features the highest quality, natural Australian opals that have been ethically sourced by opal miners from across the country. If you've ever seen the Discovery Channel show 'Opal Hunters' you'll know exactly where we mean!

Opal earrings made of gold not only make magnificent gifts for special occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or 'just because', they are also a special 'treat yourself' accessory that tells the wearer just how precious and special they are. Set in 9 carat, 14 carat, or 18 carat yellow or white gold, opals are the perfect match for this high-end metal, which is not only durable and functional, but complements the vivid colours and patters of these gems perfectly.

So what are the best gold earrings set with opal that will enhance your outfit at a special event, take you from day to night, or match your fun and casual mood? Let's dive into the ideal pair just for you!

Opal Stud Earrings: Classic and Versatile

These stylish pieces feature a single opal gemstone placed into a gold stud setting, creating a look that is both elegant and understated. Whether you're dressing up for a formal occasion or adding a touch of sophistication to your everyday style, stud earrings set with beautiful opal are the perfect accessory as their versatility allows them to be paired with any outfit. 

Opal Drop Earrings: Elegance with a Touch of Drama

The perfect choice for those looking to add excitement and elegance to their jewellery collection, these stunning earrings feature opals that hang delicately from a gold setting, creating a captivating and eye-catching look and allowing their unique colours and patterns to shimmer in the light as you move. Whether you prefer a simple and understated design or a more elaborate and intricate style, drop earrings set with opal are one of our most popular types of earrings.

Opal Hoop Earrings: Modern and Chic

If contemporary designs are more your style, these earrings offer a modern and sophisticated twist on a classic jewellery staple. Featuring opals set into a hoop shape, this type of earring allows the gemstones to really add a pop of colour and vibrancy, while the hoop design exudes sophistication and elegance. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or adding a touch of glamour to your everyday look, hoop earrings set with opal could be the perfect choice. 

Opal Dangle Earrings: Statement-Making Glamour

Captivating and head-turning, these earrings feature vividly-coloured opal gemstones that dangle elegantly from the ear, creating a bold and eye-catching look. Australian opals are known for their iridescent 'play of colour', which adds a mesmerising and luxurious touch to these accessories. Whether you're attending a red carpet event or simply want to elevate your everyday style, opal dangle earrings set with opal could be the ones for you. 

Opal Cluster Earrings: Sparkling and Unique

A beautiful and unique choice for those who want to add a touch of sparkle to their jewellery collection, these earrings feature multiple opal gemstones clustered together, creating a dazzling effect and making each earring a true work of art. Diamonds or diamantes add an extra touch of sparkle to these earrings. So whether you're attending a special occasion or simply want to stand out from the crowd, cluster earrings set with opal are definitely worth looking into.

Choosing the Right Gold Setting

When it comes to selecting the perfect gold setting for your opal earrings, there are several options available. The most popular choice would be yellow gold, which complements the tones of this gemstone, and adds a classic and elegant touch to the jewellery. White gold, on the other hand, offers a more modern and sleek look, allowing the 'Queen of Gems' to take centre stage. Rose gold is another option that can add a romantic and feminine touch to the earrings.

In addition to the gold colour, also consider the style of the setting. Claw settings are the most common choice, as they allow maximum light to enter the opal and showcase its vibrant colours. Bezel settings, on the other hand, provide a more secure and protective setting, making them a great choice for everyday wear. Halo settings feature a circle of smaller diamonds or gemstones surrounding the centre stone, adding extra sparkle and enhancing the overall appearance of the earrings.So when deciding which gold setting is right for you, really think about your personal style and needs.

Whether you prefer a classic, modern, or unique look, there is a gold setting that will enhance the beauty of your opals and create a stunning piece of jewellery. Take a peek at our ultimate shopping guide to opal jewellery for more information about finding the perfect accessory for you.

Caring for Your Opal Earrings

Opal earrings are not only beautiful, but they are also delicate pieces of jewellery that require proper care and maintenance to ensure their longevity and continued beauty. Here are some essential tips for caring for them every day:

1. Avoid exposing your earrings to harsh chemicals or cleaning agents. These can damage the stones and the metal setting. Instead, clean your earrings with a soft, damp cloth and mild soap.

2. Remove your earrings before engaging in activities that may cause them to come into contact with excessive heat, moisture or pressure. This includes activities such as swimming, showering, exercising or participating in sports.

3. Store your earrings in a clean, dry, and padded jewellery box or pouch when not in use. This will protect them from scratches, dust and other potential damage.

4. Avoid exposing your earrings to direct harsh light for prolonged periods of time. This can cause the opals to potentially dry out internally and crack.

5. Regularly inspect your earrings for any loose stones or damaged settings. If you notice any issues, take them to a professional jeweller for repair.

6. Avoid wearing your earrings while applying lotions, perfumes or hairsprays. These products can leave a residue on the stone's surface and dull their shine.

7. If your earrings become dirty or dull over time, consider taking them to a professional jeweller for a professional cleaning and polishing.

By following these essential tips, you can ensure that your gold opal earrings remain beautiful and in excellent condition for years to come.


Black Star Opal is the world's leading online opal gemstone and opal jewellery boutique offering some of the finest gold earrings featuring Australian opal available today. If you're searching for a specific type of opal stone, we have a wide variety of colours and patterns to choose from. We also offer custom pieces if you would like something unique or special made just for your needs. Our expert opal team is always happy to help customers find exactly what they need, no matter how big or small the order.

A multi-generational family business, we have been a member of the Australian opal industry since 1969, originally as opal miners and global exporters of Lightning Ridge opal. Today, we operate a bricks and mortar retail business The Opal Centre, located at the Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, in addition to our online store Black Star Opal. We are directly connected to an extensive network of Australian opal miners in Lighting Ridge, Coober Pedy and the opal fields of Queensland, and also work closely with expert opal jewellery designers and manufacturers. This ensures our products are sourced directly from the miner, and our jewellery prices remain competitive and affordable.

We stand by our opal earrings collections featuring top quality, natural Australian opal with a 30-day money back guarantee. If your purchase is not quite what you were after, or you’d like to exchange for another item, we’re more than happy to help. We love seeing our customers happy and satisfied, and are pleased to assist with any questions you may have.


Black Star Opal offers a convenient worldwide delivery service. We take care of the cost of standard worldwide shipping for all orders over AUD $200, offer free express worldwide shipping for all orders over AUD $1500, and provide free postal insurance to protect against theft, loss or damage during delivery. 

Shipping is provided through Australia's national postal service, Australia Post, which offers a range of convenient delivery solutions. Parcels sent within Australia are shipped via Parcel Post or Express Post, which features a unique tracking number and may require a signature on delivery. Parcels sent outside Australia are shipped via International Standard or International Express Air Mail, which also features a unique tracking number and may require signature on delivery. We can also ship globally through FedEx upon request, however this will incur an extra cost that will vary depending on your location

Once your order is shipped you will receive a confirmation email with a tracking number. You can enter your tracking number here to follow your order's progress to your door. Standard delivery to most countries is usually around two weeks, while delivery within Australia is usually between two to four working days. Due to current global Covid-related shipping issues, Black Star Opal cannot guarantee the above delivery times.

We recommend before ordering, you check the Australia Post website for current shipping timeline estimates for all domestic and international standard and express deliveries. Approximate shipping timelines provided do not include additional time your package may be held by customs for clearance in your country. Please note: Black Star Opal bears no responsibility for delivery timelines, including any potential delays, or customs processing times. We are also not liable for any extra duties or taxes your country may charge on an imported item. It is the responsibility of the customer to research and pay any additional charges in their country.

If you have any queries about our delivery service or shipping policy, please get in touch with our friendly team - we are here to help assist with any questions you may have.