The Monthly Edition: Opal October

This month’s birthstone has us dreaming over its flakes of sparkly rainbow hues. We’re taking inspiration from the opal gem to transform interiors with opulent beauty…

While opals come in a wide variety, the precious stone is best known for its white or cream body, the type identified as the ‘light opal’. All gemstones shine and glimmer in their own way, but the opal is extra special because of its internal structure.

The stone’s origin and cracks diffract light uniquely, showcasing those gorgeous flakes of rainbow colours we adore. Ahh, a rainbow in a gemstone. Could we ask for more?

This October birthstone has a long history and an array of superstitions. The ancient Romans believed that the opal was a symbol of hope and purity, while the ancient Greeks believed it was a stone of prophecy. Other ancient legends professed that opals fell from the heavens after Earth was struck by lightning.

Most recently, NASA discovered opal deposits on Mars, which has helped prove that water once existed on the planet since opal requires water hydration to form. Pretty cool!

How to Style with the Opal Gem

This month’s stunning birthstone inspires us to inject some opulence into our décor. Most of us have a white space in our homes, whether it’s on the wall, desk or dining table. We’re taking the opportunity to adopt the show-stopping opal feature: the infinite spectrum of colour.

The key to furnishing opal-style is the flicker of delicate colour, rather than the overwhelming palette of primary colours. Of course, it’s not just about the colour itself but the combination of metallic-like shine that really lights a spark.

Scatter a mix of pastel and jewel-toned cushions on your white or cream couch and exhibit an artwork with delicate swirls of pinks, greens, purples and blues. Inject a touch of metallic glamour and sparkle.

Despite the opal palette being seemingly limitless, avoid red hues as they clash with the delicacy of the aura you’re trying to create. Reds are not found in opals!

Think of what would be around you in the sky – day or night – and work with those tones. It can be as subtle as a tea set in the china cabinet or as detailed as the weave in your throw. Browse our gallery above for some inspiration and live your opal dreams! 😉

Natalie Milad is a content and blog writer who studied journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. Since her graduation in 2016, she has landed a gig at Zanui. Her days not writing are usually filled with DIY projects, floury benchtops and tending to her bunny. Natalie loves animated short films, animals and Christmas. She has experience in script writing, news reading and interviewing. Among her favourites was interning for The Bridal Bazaar.