The opal history...from the history book
The zar Niclola I gave to his daughter, the duchess, the queen of Wurtemberg, a golden buckle with diamonds, emeralds, turquoises, sapphires, garnets and opals. It's told that the empress Giuseppina, Napoleon's wife, owned the most faboulous piece of opal gemstone, called The Trojan Fire (because of its flame-red flashes)
Opals and jewellery
The opal started to get jewellers' attention in the XX century and became required since then, even if, thanks to Queen Eliazabeth, the opal started to be known and admired, since when it was used for a parure she wore during her coronation in 1837 and for a diadem she wore during representative cerimonies.
During the Belle Epoque opal gained a particular significance in the jewellery field. In this period the intelletuals and artists belonging to the decadent period, refusing anything about formality and tradition, in search of new boosts, expecially in the field of goldsmith's art, elected the opal, a gemstone barely used, a gem representative of this particular creative period. A period in which artists were looking for new colours, new pattern and could found all that in just one small gemstone.
the first 15 years of the XX century represent the best period for this gemstone, not just in the very high quality creations such as Tiffany, Vever, Falize, Lalique, Fouquet, Mucha and Cartier but also in quality creations of the small goldsmith's art.
But the fashion has changed after that. People started to appreciate more gemstones with high contrast colours and bigger dimension, both rare characteristics for opals.
Today opal is very appreciated in USA, in Germany, In Switzerland and France, but nowadays the people who love it the best are Japaneses and Chineses.