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Australian opals are beautiful and rare gemstones - each as individual and unique as a fingerprint or snowflake - that can take many different forms. From the much coveted black opals of Lightning Ridge to creamy and dreamy white opals from Coober Pedy, crystal opal with neon flashes and glass-like bodies, and bright and bold Queensland boulder opals - the 'Queen of Gems' has it all.

There is no better way to show off this beautiful, natural gem than within a stunning opal pendant. The centrepiece of your outfit, all eyes will be drawn to this amazing piece of jewellery when light dances across the face of the stone and its full colour palette and patterning comes alive. Called 'play of colour' this fascinating optical phenomenon is unique to opal and the reason it's the ideal gemstone to be set into a fine gold or silver pendant. 

So how do you find the perfect opal necklace for you, or to gift a loved one? (We'll let you in on a little secret - pendants make THE best presents as you don't need to know the recipient's ring size or whether their ears are pierced!) So please enjoy our ultimate guide to this impressive piece of Australian jewellery.

Opal Pendants: A Timeless Symbol of Elegance and Mystery

Opal pendants are exquisite accessories that have long been revered for their beauty and sophistication. Iridescent, shimmering 'play of colour' showcases every hue of the rainbow (think brilliant flashes of vivid reds, blues, greens and more!) as opals catch the light. As a timeless symbol of elegance and mystery, this alluring colour dance is a mesmerising display that sets them apart from other single colour gemstones like sapphires, rubies and colourless diamonds. They are a standout choice for those seeking something extraordinary. 

Their versatility is another reason for an opal pendant's enduring popularity. Whether it's a delicate opal solitaire set in fine quality gold or a more elaborate design featuring diamonds or other gemstones, there is a style of pendant to suit every occasion and elevate any outfit. So if you're looking to make a statement with your jewellery, pendants set with opal could become cherished treasures that you'll wear and admire forever.

The History and Symbolism of Opals

Opals have a rich history and are steeped in symbolism. The word 'opal' is derived from the Greek word 'opallos', which means 'to see a change in colour' - referring to an opal's stunning play-of-color, where vibrant flashes of red, green, blue, and other hues dance within the stone when it catches the light.

In ancient times, opals were believed to possess magical properties and were associated with good fortune and healing. The Romans believed that opals were a symbol of hope and purity, while the ancient Greeks believed that they bestowed the power of prophecy upon the wearer. Opals were highly sought after and revered throughout history, from ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages.


Black Star Opal is the world's leading online opal gemstone and opal jewellery boutique offering some of the finest gold and silver pendants 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 pendant collection featuring natural, ethically sourced 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.