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October Birthstone : Opal
Birthstone Color: Multi-colored



October's birthstone treats the eye to an explosion of shimmering colors, not unlike
those of a magnificent rainbow following a summer rain.  The Opal derives its
name from the Latin word "opalus," meaning precious jewel.  Prized for its unique
ability to refract and reflect specific wavelengths of light, the Opal was called
"Cupid Paederos" by the Romans, meaning a child beautiful as love.  One
legendary explanation for this gemstone's origin is that it fell from heaven in a flash
of fiery lightning.

Ancient monarchs treasured Opals, both for their beauty and for their presumed
protective powers.  They were set into crowns and worn in necklaces to ward off
evil and to protect the eyesight.  These gemstones were also ground and ingested
for their healing properties and to ward off nightmares.

The Opal dates back to prehistoric times.  It is a non-crystallized silica, which is a
mineral found near the earth's surface in areas where ancient geothermal hot
springs once existed.  As the hot springs dried up, layers of the silica, combined
with water, were deposited into the cracks and cavities of the bedrock, forming
Opal.  This gemstone actually contains up to 30% water, so it must be protected
from heat or harsh chemicals, both of which will cause drying and may lead to
cracking and loss of iridescence.  Opal must also be guarded from blows, since it
is relatively soft and breaks easily.  

Most of the world's Opal deposits are found in Southern Australia.  Other sources
of this gemstone are Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia and Nevada.  Quality Opal is
very expensive, made more so by the caution that must be exercised in cutting,
polishing and setting it into jewelry.  

A gift of Opal is symbolic of faithfulness and confidence.  And the powerful energy
radiating from this fiery gemstone will surely illuminate any occasion!

Alternate Birthstone
An alternate birthstone for October, Pink Tourmaline has the seemingly magical
property of pyroelectricity.  Scientifically speaking, this means that when heated,
the gem takes on a static electric charge, making it capable of attracting
lightweight objects. No wonder this gemstone was revered for its mystical
properties centuries ago!  Considered the "stone of the muse," it was believed to
stimulate the creative process of its wearer. Pink varieties of Tourmaline range in
color from pastel pink to ruby red and are mined in Brazil, Afghanistan, Burma, and
India.  A gift of this stone is symbolic of hope.
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