Opal's Birthstone History
When people first began wearing the stones connected to their birth months in the 16th century, opal was selected as the original October birthstone. The National Association of Jewelers also chose opal as the modern October birthstone in 1912.
Historically, opals have been revered throughout many cultures. They have been linked to the symbolism of luck, love and even a person’s ever-changing moods. This October birthstone is often found in Australia, Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil and the United States.
October Birthstone Color
offer incredible colors and unique sparkle. October’s birthstone sparkles with a soft or translucent base color that is accented by specks of color dancing throughout the gem. This phenomenon, known as play-of-color, makes every piece of opal gemstone jewelry extraordinary.
October Birthstone Meaning
Each birthstone has its own meaning and symbolism
. Opals are associated with love, hope, faith, loyalty, purity and truth. Through its rainbow of colors, this gemstone is thought to reflect the mood of the wearer, to help release inhibitions and to enhance beauty. Some believe that opal symbolizes the virtues of all colored gemstones, making it one of the luckiest gemstones to wear.
Opal’s Ties to October
There are many zodiac gemstones
that are tied to star signs. While opals aren’t directly tied to the zodiac signs of people born in October, they do represent some of their characteristics. Libras, the first sign in October, are known for their ability to fit into any situation. Social shape-shifting Libras are well-represented by the color-shifting-play offered by opals. The fiery passion of Scorpios is present in the glowing specks of color that punctuate many October birthstones.
The Lucky Birthstone
Ancient Romans valued opals as stones of good luck. Opals are especially lucky as the October gemstone and are believed to bring good fortune to people who were born in this month.