What is Opal?
The name opal is believed to derive from the Greek word ‘opallios’ which means ‘to see a change in colour’ as well as Sanskrit ‘opal’ meaning precious stone. This October birthstone while dazzling in its colour changing beauty, has in the past earned a unlucky reputation.
Many people believe that opals are a symbol of bad luck, however historic symbolism linked to the stone suggests otherwise. In Arabic legend, opals were believed to have fallen from the sky in bolts of lightening.
Australian Aborigines believed that the world’s creator came down to earth on a rainbow, leaving these colourful stones where his feet touched the ground.
It wasn’t until Sit Walter Scott’s fictional novel, Anne of Geierstein, was released that sales of opal fell by around 50% in Europe. Reader’s believed that this October birthstone bewitched the novel’s heroine, leading to her dramatic death.
How to Wear Opal
Victoir De Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Fine Jewellery, admits her undying fascination with opals:
We couldn’t agree more. These gems are extremely versatile due to their range of bright hues and reflected colours in each stone. Choose blue for a striking statement piece, black for a dramatic evening look or iridescent white for an every day look.
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