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Opal is October's Birthstone
By Sam Serio
October Birthstone: Opal
Opal is the birthstone for October and the gemstone given to commemorate a 14th wedding anniversary. The word "opal" for this dynamic gemstone was derived from the Greek word "opallus" which means to see a change in color…because it is, after all, opal's abilty to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light that make it so special. In fact, there are more than a dozen varieties of fiery and iridescent opals.
Opal is a non-crystallized silica, a mineral found near the earth's surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot springs once existed. Romans called the magnificent gemstone "Cupid Paederos," meaning a child as beautiful as love. They believed that opals fell to earth from the heavens in a flash of lightening.
However they arrived in on Earth originally, today opals must be mined from deposits found primarily in Southern Australia, although other sources exist in Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, and Nevada.
Since the 14th century, many cultures have considered this stone to be an Eye Stone, a stone that watches over royal families as well as a stone that strengthens the eyesight. They believed it to be the "king of gems" because an opal holds within its fire all the colors of the rainbow, and all other gems, as well. And like many birthstones, opals were treasured by ancient monarchs for their appearance AND their powers.
Opals were routinely set into the crowns and necklaces of rulers who believed the protective powers of the gemstones would ward off evil. Writers of the period believed the opal could render its wearer invisible when the need arose.
The Russians had the complete opposite belief in opals, viewing them as nothing but bad luck..
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Black Opal - the stone has a dark body tone in comparison to a white opal.
White Opal - also known as 'milky opal', featuring light white body tones
Boulder Opal - very dark and beautiful in color
Crystal Opal - any opal with a transparent or semi-transparent body tone. Forms of crystal opal include black crystal and white crystal.
Fire Opal - an American term meaning any opal that displays a significant amount of red coloring. Mexican fire opal is a different kind of opal, which displays orange coloring).
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This gemstone is believed to aid in healing of eye diseases, and should a person fall ill, it is believed to lose all of its color to the wearer. It is also said to soothe the eyes and nerves, and may enhance creativity.
All of Natures' splendor seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine Opals: fire and lightning, all colors of the rainbow and the soft shine of faraway oceans.
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