If you hadn't considered an opal engagement ring already, let us introduce you to their mystifying beauty and allure. "For the untraditional non-diamond bride, opals make the perfect engagement ring because they display a different kind of sparkle than a diamond—a magical, iridescent sparkle," explains jewelry designer Misa Hamamoto. "You can't deny the wondrous beauty within an opal and each opal is truly one-of-a-kind which is fitting for the one-of-a-kind bride." Opals are incredibly unique gemstones, vary in color, and can make a beautiful engagement ring within a budget realistic. "The wonderful thing about opal jewelry is not only that they're absolutely stunning, but they are much more budget friendly than big diamond rings," says Hamamoto. "They are the perfect gemstone for the budget-conscious, unique bride who appreciates the beauty of natural gemstones."
Meet the Expert
Misa Hamamoto is a jewelry designer and creator of Los Angeles-based Misa Jewelry.
If you're looking for deep meaning with your engagement ring stone, look no further. Known as "The Queen of Gems," and recognized as the October birthstone, opals have incredible significance attached to them, dating back to the middle ages—it was believed opals had the power to make their wearer invisible. Opals rose back into fashion when Queen Victoria became fascinated with them. Other famous opal-lovers in history include Cleopatra and Empress Josephine. So you're in good company. In fact, it's so difficult to resist the charms of these stones that we're willing to bet you've already fallen under their spell, so here are some facts before you begin the search for your perfect ring.
- Opals come in a wide variety of colors and are characterized by their background tone. White is the most common color and black opals are the most expensive.
- The ethereal flashes within the stone are called its "play of color" and can occur in a kaleidoscope of hues.
- There are opals with very muted plays of color that can seem completely opaque.
- Opals, like pearls, are smooth stones and not faceted like other gems.
- Opals are one of the softest gemstones and need to be handled gently. Lab-created opals tend to be a bit stronger than their natural counterparts.
"We advise that you wear your opal jewelry with great care and love so they become future heirlooms," says Hamamoto. "Don't submerge them under water, don't apply harsh cleaning agents to them, and don't go rock climbing with them! (One of our clients did this and they learned the hard way)."
Ready to find your own opal engagement ring? We've curated a list of our 70 favorite styles below.
Stella and Bow Punta Vista Ring
A simple setting of an opal-colored stone and 14k gold vermeil. The milky iridescence of the stone exudes a comforting warmth. Stella and Bow specializes in delicate, cool-girl jewelry pieces that are both budget-friendly and timeless.
SHOP NOW: Stella and Bow, $55 from $80
Stone and Strand Forever White Opal Ring
A dainty design perfect for any minimalist bride-to-be. A white diamond and teardrop-shaped white opal are set in 14k yellow gold. Stone and Strand is a brand focused on a more approachable style for the jewelry industry, from designs that can be worn through everyday activities to accessible price points and availability.
SHOP NOW: Stone and Strand, $168.75 from $225
Blue Nile Opal Rope Ring
An opal stone is set on a sterling silver, split-shank band with rope detailing. The soft, cool-toned hues of the stone have an entrancing quality about them, emphasized by the white metal. The combination stands out beautifully on a wide array of skin tones.
SHOP NOW: Blue Nile, $190
Reeds Jewelers Oval Opal Ring
A golden borealis of vibrant pastels pairs perfectly with the glow of yellow gold. This vintage-inspired opal is set in a ring of 10k yellow gold. Rounded prongs and bead accents exquisitely complement the curves of the oval stone.
SHOP NOW: Reeds, $199.99
A Sweet Pear Fire Opal Ring With Bead Rope Design
Fire opals have earned their name from their incendiary glow. This translucent gem glitters with a mythical radiance. The ring features an oval stone set on a 14k yellow gold, beaded band.
SHOP NOW: A Sweet Pear, $258
Stone and Strand Signet Opal Ring
Signet rings are the epitome of cool-girl chic, whether they're adorning a pinky finger or being flaunted as an engagement ring. We love how the oval in this one adds a feminine touch to the traditionally masculine style. The ring features an oval opal set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Stone and Strand, $293.25 from $345
Master Jewelry Shop Opal Diamond Engagement Ring
There is a heavenly milkiness to this beauty. An oval-shaped opal set on a 14k rose gold pavé band. The pink tones of the metal almost give this stone a mother-of-pearl quality.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $374.85 from $441
Emi Conner Jewelry "Olivia" Australian Opal Ring
Such a fitting tribute to the "Queen of Gems." This pink-hued stunner boasts a regal topper. An Australian opal finished off with a half-crown and set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $388
Misa Jewelry Compass Ring
This ring features a pear-shaped opal, horizontally bezel-set in 14k gold. "Some of our clients love the white, milky opals with a fiery flash so I'll customize their ring around an opal with those characteristics," says Hamamoto.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $400
Claire Kinder "Astral" Opal and Sky Blue Topaz Ring
Some celestial inspiration for the starry-eyed amongst us. An opal cabochon is framed by diamonds and sky-blue topaz, and set in 14k gold. Claire Kinder is known for her intricate designs of "micro-architecture" and this ring is no exception.
SHOP NOW: Claire Kinder, $420
Diamond Fine Jewelry Genuine Opal Engagement Ring
A hexagonal halo gives this classic style a geometric twist. And check out that incredible blue aura emanating from deep within the gem. An opal center stone is framed by a pavé halo and set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $442 from $520
Misa Jewelry Tribe Opal Ring
Double up on the spiritual protection with a an evil-eye shaped opal. This ring features a marquise-cut opal set in 14k yellow gold. The horizontally-set marquise stone is a much more boho take on its vertical counterparts.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $450
Fade to Black Studio "Teardrop Shift" Ring
This stunner is bursting with a kaleidoscopic array of colors. An Australian opal is simply set on an 18k yellow gold band. The minimalist design lets the natural beauty of the gem take center stage.
SHOP NOW: Fade to Black Studio, from $450
Fade to Black Studio Light/Form Ring With Crystal Opal
A full rainbow of refractions encased in a halo of gold. The ring features an Australian, crystal-opal solitaire bezel-set in 18k yellow gold. Fade to Black Studio is known for their timeless designs that illustrate the age-old juxtaposition of light and dark.
SHOP NOW: Fade to Black Studio, $500
Wwake Nestled Opal and Diamond Ring
A minimalist design with supernatural brilliance. This nestled style may be small, but the brilliance emanating from that opal is anything but. The ring features a tiny diamond sitting atop a nestled opal, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Wwake, $528
Misa Jewelry Lookout Point Opal Ring
An opal center stone is framed by a V-shaped shank with diamond accents, set in 14k gold. "I love any jewelry with opals," says Hamamoto. "They simply look beautiful set in yellow, rose, and white gold and I love how they play off of the colors of other stones set with them."
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $570
Misa Jewelry Raindrop Opal Ring
Spiritually, opals are believed to hold water energy—a notion that is perpetuated by the mystical color spectrums that blaze within their watery depths. The Raindrop ring celebrates the stone's enchanting origins with a pear-shaped opal accented with pavé diamonds, and set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $575
Zoë Chicco Opal & Sunburst Diamond Ring
A glittering white ring that can represent so many things. Three teardrop opals and one white diamond are set in 14k gold. Turn the ring upside-down, for an angelic silhouette. Flip the perspective and you have all the symbolism of a half lotus or sunburst design.
SHOP NOW: Zoë Chicco, $595
Variance Australian Opal Small Ring
A diamond in the rough, err, an opal in the rough. There's something hauntingly beautiful about a ruggedly organic ring. This one features an Australian opal set in a mix of 14k rose and white gold, and 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Variance, $608
Stud and Stuff Opal Bridal Ring Set
A perfect nuptial match, just like you and your spouse-to-be. An Ethiopian opal is flanked by diamonds in an art-deco design and set in 14k gold. Its mate perfectly nestles in on top of it creating a delicate tiara topper of diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $610
Anne Sisteron White Opal Diamond Solitaire Ring
Monet himself couldn't have dreamed a more resplendent array of verdant greens. The glittering aura of this gem embodies the heart and soul of nature. The ring features a round opal framed by a pavé halo and set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Anne Sisteron, $645
AuRate Diamond Halo Opal Ring
A soft pink opal is oh-so feminine. The opal center stone is framed by a pavé halo and set in 14k gold. AuRate believes your conscience should be just as gleaming as the jewelry you wear so they strive to create ethical and sustainable pieces with transparent pricing.
SHOP NOW: AuRate, $650
Capucinne Opal Engagement Ring
A sweet cluster ring to take on any symbolism that resonates with you. The ring features an Australian opal accented by a single diamond and set in 14k gold. The blaze of this cool-toned gem is absolutely electrifying.
SHOP NOW: Capucinne, $650
Grace Lee Square Bezel Opal Ring
A contemporary style with old-world charm. An asscher-cut opal is bezel set in 14k gold. The thin band creates the illusion that the translucent stone is floating atop your finger.
SHOP NOW: Grace Lee, $685
Angara Double-Claw-Set Oval Opal Halo Ring With Diamonds
An incendiary opal burns brightly as light refractions from the surrounding diamonds feed its flames. An oval opal is framed by a halo of diamonds and set on a 14k gold or platinum band. The claw setting secures the stone without hindering its brilliance.
SHOP NOW: Angara, from $789
Opal and Diamond Cocktail Statement Fashion Ring
A vintage 1960's design with a contemporary opal center stone. A white opal is flanked by diamond accents and set in 14k gold. The elevated prong setting allows the gem to be bathed in light, constantly glittering with its colorful aura.
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $792
Misa Jewelry Shima Reef Opal Ring
"My jewelry designs are intricately hand-sculpted and inspired by various elements of nature from tree roots to the glowing moon," explains Hamamoto. Here, a round Ethiopian opal is set on a 14k gold cutout band.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $795
Misa Jewelry Native Opal Ring
"I personally have my heart set on Australian opals with more saturation in color because it reminds me of the sea and warm waters," says Hamamoto. "So I take the time to select each opal that I use in my jewelry line." Here, a marquise-cut opal is enveloped in a half halo of pavé diamonds, and set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $795
Jennie Kwon Opal Long Spear Ring
An art-deco design for all of the old souls out there. An opal center stone is flanked by diamond accents and milgrain detail, set in 14k gold. The grayish hue of the gem is exceptionally sophisticated, especially with the satiny finish of the gold.
SHOP NOW: Jennie Kwon, $810
Vale Jewelry Tropics Ring
Inspired by the setting sun, this bisected opal aptly reflects all the cotton-candy hues of a sunset sky. A row of diamonds mimics the horizon while the bottom half of the opal could represent a body of water mirroring the astral magnificence above. Set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Vale Jewelry, $850
Misa Jewelry Oasis Opal Ring
"I say this for all engagement rings—the overall design of the ring and how it complements the beauty of the gemstones needs to speak to you," says Hamamoto. "You should love everything about your ring because it's your forever ring." Here, an opal center stone is framed by a partial halo of pavé diamonds, and set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $850
Wwake Opal and Diamond Demi-Paired Ring
A minimalist style for those who prefer the simplicity of a band. Four Australian opals are set in a row and flanked by diamond accents on a 14k gold band. All of the brand's offerings boast sculptural designs based on pillars of simplicity, balance, and a departure from the conventional.
SHOP NOW: Wwake, $864
Angara Oval Opal Ring With Floral Diamond Halo
A glimmering cluster style with a floral flair. At the core of this eye-catching sunflower lies a milky canvas of vibrant brushstrokes. An oval opal center stone is framed by a halo of diamonds, set in 14k gold or platinum.
SHOP NOW: Angara, from $879
Angara Vintage Style Opal and Diamond Cushion Halo Ring
In true art-deco style, this ring has a geometric structure highlighted by decadent diamonds. A single opal center stone emanates a celestial aura amongst a bed of starry gems. A round opal with cushion-shaped diamond and milgrain halo, set in 14k gold or platinum.
SHOP NOW: Angara, from $889
Misa Jewelry Freshwater Opal Ring
"Opals are so alluring because they vary widely in color and flash, so it's really up to the personal preference of the collector," says Hamamoto. "I love all shapes and sizes of opals but if I had to choose, opals with more saturation in color tend to be my favorite." Here, a horizontal, bezel-set opal on a 14k gold band accented with diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Misa Jewelry, $895
Mociun Stacked Opal Ring
A pearlescent opal is the epitome of bridal style. This simple design has the stone practically floating above the band. The ring features an opal cabochon stacked on top of a row of pavé diamonds, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Mociun, $985
Wwake Small Opal Monolith Ring
This ring reminds us of a compass with your destiny set within its scope. It's hard to envision anything else with the transcendent light coming from that single opal. Here, a round opal set on a 14k yellow gold band.
SHOP NOW: Wwake, $1,005
Ascheron Opal and Diamond Ring
Gray opals have a timeless sophistication about them. The fine millgrain detail and floral flourishes add an antique aesthetic to the dainty design. Here, an oval opal is accented with diamonds and set in choice of gold or platinum.
SHOP NOW: Ascheron, from $1,012.95
Capucinne Oval Fire Opal Ring With Diamonds
Like a soulful compass charting your journey through wedded bliss, this ring features four diamonds mapping out the North, South, East, and West axes. At the center lies a transcendental opal with an ethereal luminescence. Set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Capucinne, $1,130
Minimal VS Australian Opal Ring
A half-moon design always exhibits a mystical quality about it. The unearthly fluorescence of this stone is positively transcendental. Here, an Australian opal with diamond accent set in gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, from $1,230
Sofia Zakia Opal "Wandering Star" Ring
Have the heavens wrapped around your finger with this astral design. The incandescent center stone blazes as if powered by the celestial motifs themselves. The ring features an Australian opal framed by diamond accents and stellar designs, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Sofia Zakia, $1,280
Ascheron "Saorsa" Opal and Diamond Ring
This pearlescent, pastel opal is set amongst a row of graduated diamonds like a precious jewel protected by a glittering cavalry. The five-stone ring is set in a choice of gold or platinum. Ascheron is a Dublin-based jewelry house focused on forging handcrafted pieces through ethical practices.
SHOP NOW: Ascheron, from $1,350.60
Ascheron Opal "Ciel" Ring
This ring was inspired by the "feeling of freedom in an open sky" in mind. But we also see it as a joining of two entities. A pear-shaped opal and princess-cut diamond come together in a setting of either gold or platinum.
SHOP NOW: Ascheron, from $1,406.88
Angara Pear Opal Ring With Diamond Halo
A gorgeous display of an opal's galactic aura. Sparkling diamonds bounce beams of light off the stone's surface, amplifying its inner radiance. The ring features a pear-shaped opal with pavé halo and band, set in 14k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Angara, $1,439
Stone Fox Bride x Iconery Opal "Navette" Ring
A linear design to elongate your fingers. Five nearly-opaque opals are clustered amongst a glimmering bed of diamonds. The ring features vertically stacked opals with diamond accents, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Stone Fox, $1,455
Fade to Black Studio Galaxy Signet Ring With Large Opal
This signet ring has all the delicious chunkiness we've come to expect of the style but with a delicate femininity about it. It's clear to see how this ring got its name with a large opal that seemingly houses an entire universe within it. Here, an Australian opal is encased in 18k yellow gold and displayed on a thin band.
SHOP NOW: Fade to Black Studio, $1,500
Kimberlin Brown x Love Adorned "Sea Anemone Cluster" Ring With Hidden Opal
An aquatic design for anyone whose heart beats with the ocean tides. A cluster of anemone-like diamonds hide a piece of buried treasure in the form of a tucked away opal. Marquise opal and diamond accents, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Love Adorned, $1,550
Wwake Large Organic Crossover Opal and Diamond Ring
This organic design encompasses all the whimsical and enchanting qualities of Mother Nature. The iridescent opal emits a radiant green glow as if it contained the heart of the forest itself. Here, an opal center stone accented with scattered white diamonds, set in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Wwake, $1,600
Capucinne Opal Engagement Ring
This pearlescent, teardrop-shaped opal radiates with an angelic light. The pear-shaped design is magnified with a halo of white diamonds and set on a pavé diamond band. Capucinne is a Slovenian brand that prides itself on creating fine jewelry pieces with an innately personalized feel.
SHOP NOW: Capucinne, $1,680
Allurez Cushion-Cut Opal Solitaire Engagement Ring
An opal solitaire with a curvaceous appeal. To keep with the aesthetic, the band itself also has a rounded style. A cushion-cut opal with a simple bezel setting in 14k gold.
SHOP NOW: Allurez, $1,782
Opt for a bezel setting in lieu of the more common prong style to better protect the soft opal stone.
Jacquie Aiche Pavé Blue Opal Kite + Round Opal Trinity Ring
Jacquie Aiche is known for her intuitive designs and belief in the spiritual and healing properties of minerals. This piece is every bit the energy talisman with its pairing of opaque blue and translucent opals stacked in a linear design. The ring features a kite-shaped and round opal framed by pavé halos, set in 14k rose gold.
SHOP NOW: Jacquie Aiche, $1,970
1880s Victorian Opal and Diamond Engagement Ring
This gorgeous vintage find is oh-so romantic. An opalescent center stone shows off milky flashes of rainbow hues. This Victorian opal ring features diamond accents, and a setting of 14k yellow gold with platinum prongs.
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $2,250
Brilliant Earth "The Louisette" Ring
A nearly-opaque, apricot-hued coral stuns in a bed of gilded opulence. This antique ring consists of an oval opal cabochon with a halo of tanzanite accent stones. The design is set on a 10k yellow gold band studded with diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Brilliant Earth, $2,290
Bario Neal Soma Opal Cabochon Ring With Champagne Halo
This opal absorbs the light refractions from the diamonds and transforms them into its own ethereal glow. The ring features an opal cabochon framed by a champagne diamond halo and band, set in 14k yellow gold. Bario Neal is a female-owned company focused on creating handcrafted designs through ethical and sustainable practices.
SHOP NOW: Bario Neal, from $2,390
Capucinne Black Lightning Ridge Opal Engagement Ring
An opal is a water stone as it consists of a larger percentage of water than other gems. Such liquidity becomes apparent in the deep aquatic auras that flow through the stone. This ring features a black Australian opal set on a band of glittering black diamonds.
SHOP NOW: Capucinne, $2,420
Luna Skye Solitaire Cushion Opal Eternity Ring
Pastel decadence is the only way to describe this particular stunner. An opal center with pavé accents and eternity band are set in 14k gold. The halo effect on this piece is set beneath the opal, instead of around it, creating a peek-a-boo effect.
SHOP NOW: Luna Skye, $2,800
Opal Diamond White Gold Ring
If "go big or go home" is your motto, this ring is for you. A jaw-dropping 3.25 carat, pear-shaped opal definitely does not disappoint. The gem is framed by a diamond halo and baguette flanks, and set in 14k white gold.
SHOP NOW: 1stdibs, $2,846.25 from $3,795
Beverley K Opal Diamond and Sapphire Halo Ring
A molten-like opal is encased in an embrace of sapphires and diamonds. The deep blue sapphires contrast exquisitely with the golden glow of the center stone. The ring features a single opal framed by diamond and blue sapphire haloes, set in platinum.
SHOP NOW: Gem Collection, $2,790
Nina Runsdorf Mini White Opal Flip Ring
A teardrop of extraterrestrial luminosity encased in 18k gold. The opal flip charm is bezel-set on a pavé band. Nina Runsdorf is widely recognized for her one-of-a-kind designs, which all began with her iconic flip ring.
SHOP NOW: Olivela, $2,950
Kataoka "Sakura" Opal Ring
A dainty design that packs a serious punch when it comes to sparkle. An opal center stone is flanked by diamond accents set in 18k gold. Yoshinobu Kataoka is a master goldsmith dedicated to creating delicate, wearable interpretations of art.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $3,180
Yael Designs Rectangular Opal Ring
A rectangular design gives a modern, linear look to this piece. A 1.39-carat opal center stone is framed by a pavé halo and band, set in 18k white gold. Yael Designs is known for their imaginative and inspired approach to jewelry-making.
SHOP NOW: Yael Designs, $3,354
Aardvark Jewellery Three-Stone Opal and Trillion Diamond Engagement Ring
A fluorescence of captivating greens and corals take center stage in this ring. Trillion-cut diamonds glitter on each side, not to be outshined. The ring features an opal center stone with trillion diamond flanks, set in 18k gold.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $3,383.28
ManiaMania "Ritual" Solitaire Ring With Opal
Old-world elegance wrapped up in a fabulous diamond embrace. This pear-shaped opal takes on a life of its own, transforming from peach-hues to a lustrous green glow depending on the light. The ring features an opal center stone with diamond accents and pavé band, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Catbird, $3,800
Tomasz Donocik "Stellar Hook" Stone Ring With Pink Opal
An architectural style for the nontraditional bride. An opaque, pink opal center is framed by a hook of white agate, Mozambique ruby, hematite, and pink opal baguettes, set in 18k rose gold. Tomasz Donocik's style is defined by bold and daring designs inspired by abstract and geometric artwork.
SHOP NOW: Tomasz Donocik, approximately $3,898.15
Cynthia Findlay Antiques Vintage Opal and Diamond Ring
A traditional cluster style with a heart that's magnificently blazing. The opal center stone is alive with flourishes of fluorescent greens and baby blues. The ring features an opal cabochon framed by a diamond halo, set in 18k yellow gold.
SHOP NOW: Cynthia Findlay Antiques, approximately $4,245.13
Jemma Wynne "Toujours" Opal and Diamond Ring
A ring that houses an entire aurora borealis within its bosom. Here, an opal center stone and diamond band bezel-set in 18k yellow gold. All of Jemma Wynne's pieces are a blend of precious materials with a laid-back, ready-to-wear approach for the ultimate wearable luxury.
SHOP NOW: Jemma Wynne, $5,250
Anna Sheffield "Stardust Bea" Ring
A blue and green opal takes on a gilded glow in this old-world design. A rectangular opal cabochon is flanked by champagne diamond accents and set in 14k yellow gold. Anne Sheffield believes jewelry is much more than mere ornamentation, she views her creations as ceremonial talismans alive with their own unique energies.
SHOP NOW: Anna Sheffield, from $5,800
Abby Sparks Jewelry "The Jessyka" Ring
A black opal that's set ablaze in peacock-hued flames. The pear-shaped opal is framed by a halo of diamonds, Ceylon blue sapphires, and intricately scalloped texture, all set in 18k white gold. Abby Sparks prides herself on handcrafting unique, one-of-kind pieces forged from 100 percent recycled materials.
SHOP NOW: Abby Sparks Jewelry, from $13,000
Michelle Oh "Hailey's" Ring
Flashes of otherworldly hues are sure to have anyone transfixed. The ring features a 2-carat oval opal accented with grain-set diamonds, in 18k white gold. The gold is polished for a mirror-like shine that balances out the illustrious center stone.
SHOP NOW: Michelle Oh, (price upon request)