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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
October's Birthstone is Opal, A Gem That Has Inspired for Ages
Octobers Birthstone is Opal, A Gem That Has Inspired for Ages
Oceana Opal
and Pink Sapphire Pendant
Pliny the Elder, an Ancient Roman statesman, described the opal as “made up of the glories of the most precious stones.” In the play, Twelfth Night, Shakespeare described the opal as “the queen of gems.” In Greek mythology, Zeus, after overcoming the Titans, was so overcome with happiness that when he cried his tears transformed into opals.

This inspiration should come as no surprise when one looks at the opal. Its beauty is due to its “play of colors,” in which several colors flash from the stone as light moves through the gem's internal structure. Tiny bubbles of gas cause some stones to appear pearl-white. Iron oxides cause other stones to shine red and yellow. Black opals shine with stunning reds, blues, and greens because of organic carbon.

This “play of colors” has also inspired people at different times to wear opals for different reasons. The Ancient Romans wore opal jewelry because opals symbolized hope. In Medieval Times, people wore opal necklaces to ensure a healthy heart. Queen Elizabeth II simply loved the way opals looked, and gave opal rings and opal pendants as gifts to family members and royal subjects.

This inspiring gem can be yours as well. Simply stop into our store and our friendly staff can help you pick out the opal jewelry that is just right for you.

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