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October Birthstone: Opal

Discover the history of opal and how to style this iridescent gem.

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. 

Opal Gemstone
Opals are best known for their magnificent display of rainbow colours.

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.

Opals Colour

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.

White Opal Jewellery
Typically white or black in colour, the October birthstone can also appear in a variety of hues including pinks, greens and blues.

How to Wear Opal

Victoir De Castellane, Creative Director of Dior Fine Jewellery, admits her undying fascination with the October birthstone:

“I am crazy about Australian Opals. They look artificial but are completely natural. You get every colour in one stone; that’s economic, non? And the colours are so fluorescent; they’re very strange, almost like a rainbow.”

Victoir De Castellane

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.

Blue Opal and CZ Pendant Necklace, £99, R&O, Austin Polka Dot Print Midi Dress, £39, Topshop, Black Suedette High Heels, £20, Faith at Debenhams, Blue Opal and CZ Love Waves Cabochon Ring, £99, R&O. 

Shop October Birthstone Jewellery

Discover stunning opalescent jewellery, expertly crafted by Ruby & Oscar.

Heart Shaped Pink Opal Stud Earrings in 9ct Rose Gold
Heart Shaped Pink Opal Stud Earrings in 9ct Rose Gold - £195
Heart Shaped Opal Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver
Heart Shaped Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver - £94
Opal Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver
Opal Stud Earrings in Sterling Silver - £89
Opal Pendant Necklace in Gold Black Friday Sale
Round Opal Pendant Necklace in 9ct Gold - £235
Green Opal & CZ Three Strone Ring in Sterling Silver
Green Opal & CZ Three Strone Ring in Sterling Silver - £99
Pink Opal Dolphin Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver
Pink Opal Dolphin Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver - £69

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