Birthstone 10 - October Opal, Gemstone Jewelry

The Opal – Quick Facts about October’s Birthstone

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Opal: The October Birthstone

For everyone born in October, this article is especially for you! Today, we are going to talk all about this beautiful opal gemstone that has some very great and interesting facts that you may not be aware of. Just by looking at this rare and beautiful gemstone, you can tell how beautiful nature can be. An opal gemstone has a multi-color appearance, but can also be found in solid colors, like white, green, pink, yellow, red, purple, black, and many more colors.   

What is an opal gemstone?

The word “opal” means precious stone in the Latin language. Due to its unique appearance, it is considered to be one of the rarest and most beautiful gemstones around the world. An opal gemstone can mainly be found in the lands of Australia. If your birthdate lies in October, then you are lucky enough as it is considered as an October birthstone. If you are planning to buy this beautiful gemstone for yourself or your loved ones, then you may go for opal jewelry to buy as gifts.

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Now here are some interesting facts to know before you plan on buying opal jewelry:

There is a vast variety of colors in opal gemstones

The very first fact is that although it is a multi-color stone, you can also find it in other colors, such as red, yellow, orange, white, green, brown, purple, and also black. A black opal gemstone is the rarest and one of the most expensive gemstones. If you’re planning to buy a black opal jewelry set then definitely go for it!

Wearing opal gemstone other than the zodiac of October is thought to bring bad luck

Yes! You read that right. The opal gemstone is specifically assigned to the October birthdates. Anyone planning to wear it whose birthday isn’t in October can face bad luck, according to superstitions.

It takes a very long time to solidify an opal gemstone

And by a very long time we mean to say around millions of years. This means that even if you want just a small piece of an opal jewelry ring to wear, it would probably have been millions of years old to have come to the state that you’re wearing it in.

The opal has been loved for centuries

The opal was a prized possession for European royalty as it was very rare and valuable.

So, to sum up, this was all that you needed to know about the October birthstone opal. We hope that you found these facts amazing regarding the opal gemstone. If you have any family, friends, or loved ones who are born in October, the perfect gift could be a piece of nice opal jewelry!

Mosaic Opal
Created mosaic opal from Gina’s personal collection, © Gemstone Gift Guide