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October's Birthstone is the Opal

Opal Trivia


Base color is either white or black, with a range of fiery opalescence. The more opalescence, the better the quality. Almost always seen as a cabachon. According to the ancient Greeks and Romans, it symbolized hope, innocence, and purityIt is the suggested gemstone gift for the 14th wedding anniversaryIt is believed to aid inner beauty, faithfulness, and eyesightMay help the wearer recall past livesThe ancient Romans called the opal "cupid paederos" or "child as beautiful as love" and believed the wearer was safe from diseaseThe ancient Arabs believed that opals fell from the heavens in flashes of lighteningIt is also rumored that Cleopatra wore opals to gain the attention of Mark Anthony