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Jewel of the day: Jacquie Aiche Ethiopian Opal Pyramid Baguette Hoop Earrings

Here is something a bit different in the way of a hoop earring from LA-based Jacquie Aiche. These hoop earrings are set with opals in a triangular shape (or as she terms them, pyramids). They are available in 14k yellow, white or rose gold. Though the site description says these are, “pave diamond double Ethiopian pyramid and square baguette hoops” I’m missing the diamonds and baguettes (which are generally rectangular and not square?) Despite the confusing description, they are pretty and a neat take on the classic hoop.

These sell for USD$3,815.




Jewel of the day: Tinguely Bijoux Boulder Opal Cluster Ring

Yes, I am still very faithful in my love of opals. Here what used to be called a cocktail ring: a large cluster of boulder opals set in 14k yellow gold and accented with what look like blue and yellow topaz; pearl and possibly citrine or peridot? This is available for sale from Roseark; from Tinguely Bijoux it is available only in a size 8 and sells for USD$5,800.



Jewel of the day: Jorge Adeler Opal Drop Earrings

Mmmmm… opals. I think the woman who originally owned these may have liked to have them on while wearing an exuberantly printed Pucci sun dress and lounging tastefully by a pool, cool drink in hand.

These earrings by Jorge Adeler are offered by Oakgem, purveyors of estate jewelry and watches. These black opals are set in white gold and accented with diamonds; they sell for USD$4,650. This calls for a gin and tonic and sunscreen…

Jorge Adeler Opal drop earrings

Jewel of the day: Jill Hoffmeister Opal Triangle Ring

Opals. Yes, please. This ring by Jill Hoffmeister features an opal as the star of the show, with a small diamond set triangle facing it. It is set in 14k rose gold.

Hoffmeister appears to be sold only through LA’s Roseark; this ring sells for USD$2,400.

Jill Hoffmeister Opal Ring

Jewel of the day: Antique Opal and Diamond Heart Pendant

Happy V-Day to you, wherever you may be. It’s hard to be grumpy about an occasion celebrated with chocolates, booze and jewellery – so don’t be.

To mark the day, here is an antique yellow gold, diamond and cabochon opal pendant I have had for some years. It’s a favourite of mine and I will be wearing it to mark the day. Valentine on, y’all!

Opal diamond heart pendant



Jewel of the day: AntiqueSparkle Opal Ring

Etsy seller AntiqueSparkle says this would make a great engagement ring, and though I can see that, I think it’s the rare bride to be today who would want this for that purpose.

However, it is a very lovely, delicate ring. The setting is quite fine/light, and given that it was made in 10k gold, I’m guessing it was the Edwardian version of affordable bling. I like 10 and 14k gold because it’s hardier than higher content gold, which may explain why this piece has survived since roughly 1910.

The seller notes, “This exquisite ring features two intensely aqua hued opals and two small rose cut diamonds set in an ornate 10K yellow gold Edwardian setting. The opals are genuine to the ring, so they show some wear when viewed under a loupe but this softness to the stones and warmth to the ring. Size 5. Can be re-sized within reason for an extra charge.”

It sells for USD$465.

AntiqueSparkle opal ring

Jewel of the day: Pave Opal Halo Stud Earrings

Another Los Angeles find was the store OK, on Third Street (there is another LA location in Silverlake). Inside, lots of intriguing design items and a lot of yummy jewelry.

These opal stud earrings by Pave are surrounded by a diamond halo and set in 14k yellow gold. They measure approximately 10 mm by 10 mm and sell for USD$770.

Pave Opal Halo Studs

Jewel of the day: Annoushka Opal Earring Drops

Annoushka was the founder of Links of London, so it’s no surprise that designs under her current eponymous label look similar. But that’s ok, because I have a real soft spot for her work. (As does Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, if you like celeb/royal tacit endorsements.)

Earrings are interchangeable, with hoops and drops meant to hang from variously designed posts. This pair holds 2.95ct blue opals surrounded by 0.52ct diamonds and set in black rhodium-plated 18ct white gold. They sell for £1,800, with the posts sold separately. They can be seen here.

Annoushka Opal Drops

Jewel of the day: Carolyn Tyler Pesta Cuff Bracelet

Alas, I don’t have much information about this bracelet, but designer Carolyn Tyler’s “about” page makes up for it. And it’s about opals, my favourite stone.

Here is her story.

Ask Carolyn Tyler how she came to be a jewelry designer living in Bali and she’ll shrug and say with a wink “I guess it was in the stars”… and then she’ll tell you the spellbinding tale of the Stolen Opal.

During her divorce in 1990, a rare lavender opal pendant, bought during a school holiday in Greece 15 years earlier, went missing. She was distraught, and traveled to Bali to find solace—and, as luck would have it, she also found a goldsmith to re-create her beloved treasure. Fellow tourists stopped her in the street asking where they could find one like it, and an idea was born. After selling several versions of the original right off her neck, she made herself a lavender opal ring (see photo), modeled after the famous arm cuff of King Ramses II, to replace the necklace, and launched into full time jewelry designing in Bali.

Ten years later, during a trunk show tour in her hometown of Santa Barbara, Carolyn ran into her ex-husband, who offered to reveal what he had done with her cherished pendant. She realized in that moment, that it was actually the best bad thing that had ever happened to her. She said “Thank you for stealing that—I might never have gone to Bali and become a jewelry designer if not for that misfortune!”

In 2006, Carolyn opened a jewelry store across the street from the spot where she encountered her ex. On the third day of business, a woman came in and asked how she started in jewelry design, and Carolyn told her the Story of the Stolen Opal. After answering the woman’s many questions, she revealed that she had an opal pendant of that description, given to her by a friend in 1990 (the year it was stolen).

Her friend had received it from a suitor (the ex, of course!) as a gift, but never felt “right” about it, so she gave it away. The woman also never wanted to wear it, but couldn’t seem to part with it. She brought it to Carolyn later that day, and it was, indeed, the Stolen Opal (see photo)—finally returned to it’s home after a 15 year absence.

The moral of this story is…When life gives you lemons, make the best darn lemonade there is, brand it, and let the world enjoy it!

Carolyn Tyler Pesta Cuff Bracelet

Jewel of the day: Chopard Imperiale Pendant

Chopard has had some impressive celebrity endorsements of late (still salivating over those opal earrings Cate Blanchett wore to this year’s Academy Awards)  and has moved away from being known solely for its floating “Happy Diamonds” designs…. though they still have plenty of those if that’s what you like.

This pendant is set in oh so trendy rose gold (18k) on a matching chain, and features a cushion cut amethyst set behind a gold filigree screen. It appears from the site that the reverse is identical to the face of the pendant. It sells for USD $4,160.

Chopard Imperiale Pendant


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