At Goldsmith Jewelers, we’re passionate about gemstones, and opals are no exception. These stones, with their kaleidoscope of colors, have graced the fingers of many brides and grooms, a testament to their increasing popularity in wedding jewelry. However, some clients have raised questions about an age-old belief: are opal wedding rings bad luck? In this blog post, we’re going to explore this intriguing myth.

History of Opals

Opals, with their captivating fire and multi-hued displays, have been cherished by various cultures throughout history. However, in some cultures, they’ve also been associated with superstitions, including the belief that they could bring misfortune or bad luck.

Opals in Wedding Rings

Recently, the trend of opal wedding rings has been on the rise. The unique beauty of each opal, no two alike, speaks volumes about individuality and uniqueness. But, alongside this trend, the question arises – are opals in wedding jewelry considered unlucky?

Reasons Behind the ‘Bad Luck’ Myth

One can trace this superstition back to several sources. For instance, Sir Walter Scott’s 1829 novel “Anne of Geierstein” contributed to the negative view of opals in popular culture. The book features a character who has her life force linked to the changing play-of-color of her opal, leading to her death.


Moreover, opals are softer and require more care than diamonds. They can easily be damaged if not treated with care, which could have fueled the belief in their unlucky nature.

Modern Interpretations of the Opal

Today, many people and jewelers, including us at Goldsmith Jewelers, regard opals as a beautiful choice for all types of jewelry, including wedding rings. We’ve heard numerous joyful stories from clients who’ve chosen opal wedding rings without a trace of bad luck in sight. Additionally, gemologists and jewelry experts often dismiss the notion of any gemstone bringing bad luck as mere superstition.

Choosing an Opal Wedding Ring: Things to Consider

If you’re contemplating an opal wedding ring, remember that the most important factor is your personal preference and love for the stone. Practical considerations also come into play:


  • Durability: Opals are delicate. If you live an active lifestyle, consider having your opal set in a protective setting.
  • Lifestyle: Opals require extra care. They are not ideal for environments that subject them to hard knocks or harsh chemicals.
  • Maintenance: Regular checkups and cleanings can ensure your opal stays in top shape.


At Goldsmith Jewelers, we can help you choose a quality opal and guide you on how to care for it.

How to Care for an Opal Wedding Ring

To keep your opal ring sparkling, follow these tips:


  • Avoid harsh conditions: Keep your opal away from extreme temperatures and harsh chemicals.
  • Clean gently: Clean your opal ring with mild soap and warm water.
  • Storage: Store your opal ring separately to avoid scratching.


At the end of the day, the choice of an opal wedding ring should be based on personal preference and love for the gemstone, rather than on superstition. At Goldsmith Jewelers, we believe every gemstone carries its own unique charm, and opals are no exception. Don’t let myths deter you from choosing a gemstone that you truly adore.


Whether you’re searching for the perfect opal wedding ring or need advice on caring for your existing jewelry, we’re here to help. With our expert knowledge, commitment to quality, and personalized service, we’re ready to assist you every step of the way. Make an appointment with us today and let us help you find your perfect piece of jewelry.