The Birthstone For October Is Opal
Happy birthday all you October born folks. Birthstone For October Is Opal
October’s child is born for woe,
And life’s vicissitudes must know,
But lay an Opal on her breast,
And hope will lull those woes to rest.
The name Opal comes from the Greek word Opallos which means to change colour.
Opals have a huge range in colour from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange green or red throughout. Most Opals though are white with flecks of colour throughout. The Opal is most commonly found in America, Mexico and Australia.
Australia mines 95% of the world’s gemstone quality Opals used for jewellery and it is the national Gem of Australia.
Opals have been used for everything from helping in childbirth to enforcing strength when going into battle. Other quality or powers Opal is said to possess is the promotion of love and romance and to grant personal wishes and happiness.
At Loyes Diamond we are often asked to create jewellery from Opal. Most commonly being rings and most commonly of these are oval shaped rings. Due to the huge variance of colour we usually advise people to view many colours of Opal online and see which colour they most prefer. Options usually run from reds and orange colour to green and blue. There is a opal for every taste.
Opal gemstones look really fabulous when adorned in a halo of sparkling diamonds. Diamonds complement the Opal as they work harmoniously in halo diamond engagement rings. At Loyes Diamonds we can insert a oval into almost all of our antique halo engagement ring settings.
One particular trait that must be mentioned when talking about Opal is that it is a softer stone. Although it is suitable for jewellery it does require the wearer to exercise some care when wearing. On the scale of hardness called the Mohs scale which runs from 1-10, with 10 being diamond, the Opal rates at approximately 5 to 6.
If you would like to discuss further the possibility of a Opal piece of jewellery then please contact us.
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