The Birthstone For October Is Opal.
Happy birthday all you October born folks.
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.