To kick off our list of trends in 2014, it’s only fitting to address the bling we’ve seen fly off our virtual shelves: opal body jewelry.
Opals have always captivated us. Well… we shouldn’t say always. It wasn’t until 1960 that these stones were really (and literally) put under the microscope to determine what makes them so special. Just what was the conclusion? A team of scientists discovered that opals contain tiny spheres made from silica gel. Silica contains both water and air, so when light hits the silica (similar to a prism) it gives off all those pretty colors.
Not only are there colors within the opal, but opals themselves can be different colors: Black, white, gray, amber, translucent, green, blue, pink, purple, and virtually any other shade you can think of.
And… not only is the coloring of opals pretty cool, they have quite the folklore behind them as well. Back in the day, Europeans believed that opals could become cursed by evil spirits and were thus capable of killing anyone who dared to where that stone. Even further back in time, Romans believed opals to be good luck and actually carried them around in hopes of fortune.
Those are just a few of the tales associated with this stone. Like many things, it all depends how you want to look at it. Do you believe the folklore, and if so which one?
Overtime society seems to have let go of these superstitions, and opals are receiving the recognition they deserve. So if you want to jump on the trend and you agree that these stones are simply stunning, check out our line of opal body jewelry. With tongue rings, belly button rings, and even a labret, we like to think there’s a little something for everyone.