Opal watercolor by Michelle Constantinescu
Opal is October’s opulent and ostentatious birthstone, but not the only one. October is another dual birthstone month, Tourmaline shares the spotlight. Out of all the birthstones we love, Opal is one of the most captivating and visually striking of the bunch. Pushing out vibrant colors the entire range of the rainbow, Opal is one of the most fascinating stones we carry.
Opal is a variety of silica, and because its content may include a large percent of water, is actually considered a “mineraloid”. Because of the unusual non-crystalline structure of most opals, they are comparatively brittle compared to most birthstones and should be treated delicately.
The name “opal” derives from the Greek word opallios which means “to see a change in color”. Opal has been historically and most famously mined in Australia, where 95% of the world’s opals come from. We like to use Ethiopian Welo and Blue Boulder opals as they are a bit more unique looking we feel.
Opals have long been associated with good luck and provide energy to access the past, present and future, stimulating all of your metaphysical gifts. Boosting the Base and Sacral Chakras, these are joyous gems, promoting equilibrium so the whole body functions in harmony.
Check out our complete collection of October birthstones, including tourmaline here