The word for opal, October’s birthstone, is derived from the Latin "opalus" and the Sanskrit "upala" which both mean "precious stone." This definition is borne out of opal's exquisite and unique "play of color," created by silicone spheres and water which bend the light. Each gem displays an array of different colors and each array reveals a different ingredient. Gas bubbles cause some opals to appear a pearly white. Various shades of red and yellow are created by iron oxides. Organic carbon creates some of the most stunning color combinations, causing black opals to shine in breathtaking flashes of red, blue, and green. Its beauty is enhanced when set against darker minerals like obsidian. This "play of color" has attracted wearers for centuries.
In Ancient Greece, people wore opal pendants and opal rings because they believed it gave the wearer the gift of foresight. Ancient Romans wore opal jewelry because they believed opals brought hope and purity to the wearer.
Legend has it that Cleopatra wore opal jewelry and even had her room decorated in opals the night she and Mark Antony began their love affair. Years later, after Nonius, a Roman senator, showed his jewelry collection to Mark Antony, Antony was immediately drawn to an opal ring which reminded him of Cleopatra. Antony demanded that Nonius sell Antony the opals. Nonius refused and Antony threatened Nonius with execution. Rather than give up the opal ring, Nonius opted to flee the city he governed, leaving all of his possessions behind except for the opal ring.
Opal, this "precious stone," has been loved by both the rich and common for centuries. October's birthstone, with its breathtaking and unique "play of color", can be yours as well. Simply call us to make an appointment or stop in and our helpful staff will help you choose your perfect precious stone.