October Birthstone: Opal

September 29th, 2017 | Ali Brownrigg


Dramatic and fiery, opals contain sparks of color from the entire spectrum of gemstones hues.


Opal and Diamond Halo Ring in 18k White Gold
Opal and Diamond Halo Ring in 18k White Gold

Throughout history opal has been considered the luckiest and most magical of all stones since it exhibits the colors of all the gemstones. Indeed, many cultures ascribe supernatural powers to the opal, from the gift of prophecy to the ability to guard the wearer from disease.

Opal Earrings in 18k White Gold
Opal Earrings in 18k White Gold

Opals are the national stone of Australia from where nearly 100 percent of opals are mined. Typically cut into rounded cabochons to enhance its exceptional light play, opals come in a variety of base tones, including milky white, vibrant blue and orange, pretty pink, and smoky black—all studded with a swirling kaleidoscope of color.

Fire Opal and Diamond Drop Earrings in 18k White Gold
Fire Opal and Diamond Drop Earrings in 18k White Gold
Frances Gadbois Pink Opal and Pink Sapphire Strie Drop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold
Frances Gadbois Pink Opal and Pink Sapphire Strie Drop Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold

Gemstones have been imbued with spiritual meaning for eons, dating back to the breastplate of Aaron that contained 12 gemstones representing the signs of the zodiac and the tribes of Israel. The National Association of Jewelers established the modern birthstone list in 1912, with a few updates and additions occurring over the last 104 years.

September 29th, 2017
Ali Brownrigg

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  • My birthday is October and I love opals and always have!

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