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One of the most unique and beautiful types of gemstones to be put into earrings is an opal. While no two opals are exactly alike, each pair of opal earrings from Black Star Opal are as closely matched as possible, with each Australian opal still retaining unique qualities such as pattern and colour. Opals are ideal as earring gemstones, as they complement the face and individual make-up choices. When it comes to choosing a pair of Australian opal earrings, simply go with the rule that when you find a pair perfect for yourself in every way possible, purchase them without hesitation. That’s because no matter how hard opal jewellery designers try, they will never be able to recreate an exclusive set exactly like yours again. Black Star Opal's opal earrings come in a variety of beautiful, natural Australian opal stones including black opals, crystal opals, white opals, boulder opals, doublet opals and triplet opals.

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Opal Earrings

Opal earrings are a beautiful and unique accessory that is a stunning addition to any jewellery collection. With so many different types of opals and earring styles to choose from, it can be daunting to know where to start and how much you should spend. Our comprehensive guide covers everything from the kinds of Australian opals available to earring styles to help you navigate the world of these gorgeous opal jewellery products and make the best choice for you.

1. Understanding Different Types of Opals

Opals come in a variety of types, each with their own unique characteristics and colours. The most common types of opals are white opals, black opals, boulder opals, and crystal opals. White opals, which are found in South Australia and New South Wales, have a light body tone and a white or light-coloured background, while black opals, which are found in Lightning Ridge, have a dark body tone and a black or dark-coloured background. Boulder opals are found in Queensland ironstone and have a natural brown or black backing, while crystal opals are transparent or semi-transparent with a clear or light-coloured background. Understanding the different types of opals featured in earrings can help you choose the perfect pair to match your style and preferences.

When it comes to opal earrings, thinking about the type of opal used in the design can be important. At Black Star Opal, white opals are a popular choice for their delicate and feminine creamy appearance and pastel tones, while black opals are known for their striking and dramatic colours and bold patterns. Boulder opals offer a unique and earthy look, with natural patterns and textures set in the ironstone backing. Crystal opals, on the other hand, are perfect for those who prefer a bright and colourful look, with neon colours vividly shining in their transparent or semi-transparent appearance. But no matter which type of opal you choose, these gemstones are sure to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit.

2. Choosing the Right Earring Style

When it comes to choosing the right earring style for your opals, there are lots of options for all styles and tastes. But a few things to consider first! Think about the occasion or event you will be wearing opal earrings to. If it’s a formal event, you may want to opt for a more classic and elegant style, such as bezel set stud earrings or drop earrings. If you’re looking for something more casual, hoop earrings or dangle earrings can be a great choice. Additionally, consider the shape and size of the opals themselves. If they are larger and make more of a statement, you may want to choose a simpler earring style to let the opals really shine. On the other hand, if the opals are smaller or more delicate, you can choose a more intricate earring design or sparkling diamantes or diamonds (depending on your budget!) to add some visual interest.

When it comes to opal earrings, there are a variety of styles on offer. Stud earrings are a classic and timeless choice, and perfect for any occasion. They are also great for showcasing the beauty of the opals themselves. Drop earrings are another elegant option, with the opals dangling from a hook or post. These can be simple or more intricate, depending on your personal style. Hoop earrings are a fun and casual choice, perfect for everyday wear. Dangle earrings are similar to drop earrings, but with more movement and visual interest. Ultimately, the right earring style for your opals will depend on your personal style and where they will be worn.

3. Selecting the Right Metal for Your Opal Earrings

When it comes to selecting the right metal for your opal earrings, there are a few factors to consider. First, think about your personal style and the colours that you typically wear. If you tend to wear warmer tones like gold, rose gold or copper, you may want to opt for earrings made from those metals. If you prefer cooler tones like silver or white gold, those metals may be a better choice. Additionally, consider the durability of the metal. Opals are a very precious gemstone, so you want to choose a metal that will protect them and hold up over time. Yellow and white gold are both good options for this reason.

When it comes to opal earrings, the metal you choose can make a big difference in the overall look and durability of the piece. If you want your opals to really pop, consider pairing them with a warm metal like gold or rose gold. These metals will complement the warm tones in the opal and create a cohesive look. On the other hand, if you prefer cooler tones, silver or white gold may be a better choice. These metals will create a more understated look that lets the opal shine on its own.

4. Understanding Opal Quality and Value

When shopping for opal earrings, it’s important to understand the quality and value of the opals themselves. The value of an opal is determined by a combination of factors including its type, colour, pattern and clarity. The most valuable opals have a bright, vibrant colour with a unique pattern that is evenly distributed across the stone. Black opals tend to be the most rare, and therefore the most valuable. Opals with visible cracks or inclusions are considered lower quality and therefore less valuable. It’s also important to note that as opals are priced per carat weight, the size of the opal can also impact its value, with larger stones typically being more valuable than smaller ones.

When it comes to opal earrings, it’s important to choose a pair that not only looks beautiful but also has high-quality opals. Look for opals with bright, vibrant colours that catch the light and unique patterns. Avoid opals with visible cracks or inclusions, as these are considered lower quality and may affect the durability of the stone. Additionally, consider the size of the opal when making your selection. Ultimately, the most important factor is finding a pair of opal earrings that you love and will cherish for years to come.

5. Caring for Your Opal Earrings

Once you've invested in a beautiful pair of opal earrings, it's important to take proper care of them to ensure they last a lifetime. Opals are a delicate gemstone and can be damaged if not handled with care. Avoid exposing your opal earrings to extreme temperatures, chemicals and harsh cleaning agents. Instead, clean them gently with a soft cloth and mild soap and store them in a soft pouch or jewellery box to prevent scratches and damage. With proper care, your opal earrings will continue to shine and dazzle for years to come.


Black Star Opal is a specialty online jewellery and gemstone boutique that offers some of the finest opal earrings available on the market today. If you're searching for a specific type of opal stone, we have a wide variety of colours and cuts from which you can choose. 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 in terms of jewelry or opal gemstones, no matter how big or small the order.

Quality ethically sourced, natural Australian opal gemstones and opal jewellery at reasonable prices is what we pride ourselves on. We have been a member of the Australian opal industry since 1969, originally as opal miners and global exporters of Lightning Ridge opal. As an established and reputable wholesale and retail opal gemstone business, we are directly connected to an extensive network of Australian opal miners in Lighting Ridge, Coober Pedy and the opal fields of Queensland. We 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 for all budgets.

We stand by our opal earrings 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 have about Australian opals or our opal, gemstone and crystal jewellery.


Black Star Opal offers a convenient worldwide delivery service to wherever you need to send opal earrings. We take care of the cost of standard worldwide shipping for all orders over AUD $200 and provide free insurance for all orders over approximately AUD $600 to protect against theft, loss or damage during delivery. Express domestic and international shipping options are available for a small additional fee. 

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 less than 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 you check the Australia Post website for up to date shipping estimates before ordering. 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 is 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 opal earrings delivery service or shipping policy, please get in touch with our friendly team - we are here to help and love assisting with any questions you may have.



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