The amazing birthstone of October: mysterious, the multi-colored gem opal
Gorgeous opal: a rainbow in every stone, and sparkly tourmaline are October’s twin birthstones – and I have found plenty of gifts in both of these birthstones for both. This post will discuss opal.
Opal is perhaps my favorite birthstone, except my personal birth stone: ruby. The natural color is a milky-white, but I love the quality of color changing that fine opal shows. It is legended that opals were created when rainbows broke open and came to the Earth. This is a mysterious stone to me, I find myself going into a deep place when I look at it. All the opals are very powerful healers and balancers, especially with your emotions.
As I researched these stones, I learned that the mining of them is extremely hard and dangerous work, which adds to their preciousness.
Either way – or both – your October beloved will be well served with this birthstone jewelry. Opal is a fine gem, but I found that there actually was quite a bit of great genuine opal jewelry available on Amazon for between one hundred and two hundred dollars.
Traditionally the four precious gemstones are emerald, diamond, ruby and sapphire. But for my money, opal is every bit as beautiful and as special. My best friend from high school introduced me to it, and I suppose that the fact that my grandmother’s name is “opal” doesn’t hurt. I have always had a hankering to possess some for myself, finding this discount genuine jewelry is promising.
A Gem that Is in a World of It’s Own
Opal is magnificent is all of its many forms. Only a small portion of the mineral that is collected is good enough for fine jewelry, although much of it can make pretty pieces nonetheless.
Opal seems to have its own vocabulary: “play of color” which refers to the splash of colors as light dances through the stone – this quality is so unique it is also called: “opalescence.”
Australia is a primary source for opal. In fact opal is the national stone. However, it can be found in many parts of the world, and black fire opal is the state gemstone of Nevada due to the Humboldt fields finds.
It is truly a precious find – one writer called it: a damn good way to get yourself killed. Basically, the miner – and believe you me these are some gnarly and tough guys decide blindly where they think that opal might be, dig a hole and lower themselves into it. Most of it is done in the Australian outback, an area not well known for hospitality and niceties. Sometimes home-made explosives are involved.
I wish the adventurers well – and treasure the opal more.
Opal has silica dioxide spheroids embedded in them. For the play of color – or the fire to develop the spheroids must be approximately the same size and in a pattern.
Every color known to man can be found on opal.
How many colours is in this magic stone? How many can you see? As light experiences interference and diffraction through the silica that makes up the stone, a wonderful phenomena called play of colors develops and that is primarily what makes opal so beautiful.
I was first introduced to this by a high school friend, and I always knew I would have to have one. I love the necklaces even more than the rings.
If you want to dig for opal, your first stop should be Australia. Almost 95 percent of the Earth’s opal comes from Australia. If you are unlucky there you might try Brazil or Mexico.
There are several kinds of opal, and although not all are jewellery quality, all are precious to me. The extremely rare black opal is mined only at the Lightning Ridge mine in New South Wales in Australia. Their base color is dark gray to jet black, but that does not tell you anything about the beauty. Black opals show the different colors best of all the stones. Black opals and some others are precious. I have told my son that when he becomes rich I want a black opal brooch.
Fire opals do not show the play of color but they are translucent and beautiful. Red is the predominant color in a fire opal.
There are other varieties available such as the milky white opal, and they all are gorgeous.
A truly outstanding opal and ruby ring.
Two beautiful birthstones: opal, the birthstone of October and ruby, the birthstone of July.
Fabulous Solid Sterling Silver Natural Ruby & Fiery Opal 3 Tier Large Cluster Ring fits almost everyone with finger sizes 4 to 12 available. This is a precious jewel, one type of opal that is the high-quality jewelry stone that exhibits play of color.
But although the rubies are outstanding here, they do not overshadow the natural, fiery opal. That is because although opal is almost white, it is never understated: it always shines memorably. This ring is a knock-out and the lady who wears it will be too.
I like to give natural birthstones for gifts and I have worked hard to find you some nice examples of October birthstone jewelry for under one hundred dollars, for either your beloved or your beloved yourself.
Genuine opal solitaire ring
Another beautiful opal ring, but one much more economical. These lovely milky-white opal is a beautiful Celtic knot. In assorted sizes from 6 – 12. This is “common opal” which is milky and does not show opalescence, but it is still wonderful.
The Roman writer Pliny wrote of gemstones in 55 AD. Of the opal he said “for in them you shall see the living fire of the ruby, the glorious purple of the amethyst, the sea green of the emerald, all glittering together in an incredible mixture of light.” Opal inspires literature and poetry.
Autumn rings: gorgeous fireopals.
Autumn is a wonderful time to wear beautiful orange, red and yellow birthstone jewelry. Fire opal does not show play of color, but nonetheless has translucence and brilliance.
The quality of fire – opal’s unique ability to show different colors depending on the light or who is wearing it makes it magic. Generally, the better the stone the more fire.
These amazing fireopals in the yellow-orange fireopal on 14 K gold are true treasures. Each piece is individually made.
UNIKAT Genuine Natural Fireopal 14K Yellow Gold Pendant – Goldsmith QualityUNIKAT Genuine Natural Fireopal 14K Yellow Gold Pendant – Goldsmith QualityUNIKAT Genuine Natural Fireopal with Diamond 14K Yellow/White Gold Pendant – Goldsmith Quality
Chan Luu Yellow African Opal Wrap Bracelet on Natural Brown Leather
Who says jewelry has to be metal to be beautiful? The opal bracelet is handmade in Vietnam, with a unique sterling silver clasp. The multiple beautiful opals will capture light in so many ways!
Very unique and gorgeous opal bracelet, and it is inexpensive as well.
Thus opal’s mystery’s truly is one of nature’s miracles.
Here are some beautiful natural opal earrings. I love to wear earrings, and to give them for giftsMy favorites are the solid white gold leverbacks with the heart-shaped opals, I also love the the very unusual handcrafted earrings made from fire opals on beautiful sterling silver, that is accented with beautiful peridot.
6x4mm Genuine Opal & Diamond Oval Stud Earrings .925 Sterling Silver Rhodium FinishNew Fashion Handcrafted Genuine Fire Opal Opal Sterling Silver earringsALL NATURAL GENUINE GEMSTONE Sterling Silver OCTOBER WHITE OPAL Round Birthstone Earrings1.3 Carat 14K Solid White Gold Leverback Earrings Natural Opal
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