Opals and White Metal

We’ve noticed quite an increase in interest in setting opals in white metals over the last 12 months, but more recently we’ve been having to frequently re-stock a lot of our Opals set in Sterling Silver.
We are aware that White Gold and Sterling Silver are still more highly regarded in fashion circles at the moment than Yellow Gold, but is it also the whole ‘financial crisis’ that is turning consumers on to Sterling Silver settings?
Whatever the cause, it can be said that the more common opals that feature greens, blues and purples look absolutely stunning in white metals, particularly in the more modern, chunky style settings.

A cluster of blue/green Doublet Opals
A cluster of blue/green Doublet Opals
Sterling Silver with Boulder Opal and Pink Sapphire
Sterling Silver with Boulder Opal and Pink Sapphire
Boulder Opal Matrix
Boulder Opal Matrix
Tribal Spiral setting with Doublet Opals
Tribal Spiral setting with Doublet Opals