Opal – October’s Birthstone

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Much mystery surrounds the beautiful Opal, October’s birthstone. Deriving its name from the Latin word opalus, meaning precious jewel, opals have a special quality of reflecting and refracting particular wavelengths of light. This lovely gemstone is as old as the dinosaurs! Opal is made from non-crystallized silica, a mineral found near the Earth’s surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once existed. As these hot springs dried up, layers of the silica, combined with water, were deposited into the cracks and cavities of the bedrock. This in turn formed opal. Most of the world’s opals today come from Southern Australia, although they are also found in places like Brazil, Mexico and Nevada.

The Romans referred to the Opal as Cupid Paederos, or a child beautiful as love. Much like other birthstones, opals were valued for their magical healing powers. The ancient monarchs wore them in crowns and necklaces to help ward off evil and protect their eyesight. Opals are also believed to ward off nightmares.

Those born in October should be proud. The gift of an opal is said to represent faithfulness and confidence, so you’re the most faithful gift of all! Here’s a short poem written from the Gregorian calendar from which our birthstones are determined:

“October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.”

If you’re looking to add your own fiery speck of opal to designs, try browsing through our selection of opal components like gemstones or Swarovski crystals.


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