Birthstone of the Month – October

October 5, 2012 at 7:50 am Leave a comment

For those born in the month of October … Opal is the official birthstone.

the story behind opal …

photo by  Chris Ralph of Nevada-outback-gems.com“The name “opal” comes from the Sanskrit word for “upala,” meaning precious stone. In Indian mythology, the virgin Goddess of the Rainbow was turned into an opal by the Mother Goddess because she was being chased by suitors Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. During Roman times, the Latin word “opalus” came into use.

It is said that precious opal, with its display of fire, can spark creativity, and that the “dance” of its fire can help people enjoy their lives. The light-colored stones have long been associated with helping people become less visible to others and also in improving eyesight.

Opals are found in the veins and cavities of igneous or sedimentary rock. The best quality opals are found in Australia. The gemstone is also found in Brazil, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, southern Africa, and Nevada.”

(as quoted from FireMountainGems)

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