What is Opal - The October Birthstone?
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, this gemstone 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.
Common opal is typically white or black but can also appear in a variety of hues including pinks, blues and greens. Take a closer look at any variety of this stone and you will see a magnificent display of rainbow colours in an iridescent, moving pattern. Known as the ‘play of colour’, the movement of colour across the face of the stone can take on many different forms, making each piece unique.
How to Wear Opal
Victoir De Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Fine Jewellery, admits her undying fascination with the October birthstone:
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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