Ancient Romans used them as good luck charms. Elizabeth Taylor admired them. Even Andy Warhol considered them among his favorites. Indeed, opals have been around for ages. But the delicate luminescent gem, formed by silica and water settling in rock, is glowing anew. Jewelers have been incorporating the semiprecious October birthstone into pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets that are so spectacular, you might just want to have them—and to hold them—for your big day and beyond.
K. Brunini Jewels Objects Organique Earrings With Conch Pearls, Opals, and Seed Pearls, $17,560; (858) 259-8779.