Fine Opal Jewelry For October
Now that you've found out some interesting facts about October's other birthstone, Tourmaline, it's time to offer some insight on the month's second birthstone, Opal. Whereas Tourmaline is the newer birthstone for October, Opal has been the classic and traditional one.
How Opal Originated
The very first opals to arrive in the western world came from India. In Sanskrit, it is known as "upala", which translates to "precious stone". Interestingly, opal is formed from rain that has evaporated and left behind a substance known as silica, which hardens when it dries, creating the opal gemstone. It is well known that opal reflects different colors in a behavior known as "play-of-color". This occurs as a direct result of the dried silica, which dries into millions of different sized spheres that reflect the beautiful colors opal is known for.
Opal can be sourced in many different areas of the world, but Australia is by far the most significant source. A little town known as Lightning Ridge, located near New South Wales, is well known for producing the highly valuable black opal. Ethiopia, Brazil, and Mexico are also important for mining the gemstone, though they do not have as much as Australia. It can also be found throughout Central Europe, Honduras, Peru, Indonesia, and the United States.
Fine and Fashion Opal Jewelry
Although opal is utilized for beautiful pieces of fine jewelry, such as rings, earrings, and necklaces that have been passed down through families for generations, it is also very popular for funky and creative fashion jewelry for the fashion-forward clientele that wants to use the different color opals to show a bit more personality.
Whether you buy fine opal jewelry or fashion opal jewelry, it's important to note that this gemstone ranks as a 5.5 to a 6.5 out of 10 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. Because it is so delicate and easily scratched, it requires you to care for it a little differently than you would your other pieces of fine jewelry. However, in addition to these fine jewelry care practices, we also offer onsite cleaning and will treat your prized opal jewelry with the most attentive care so it remains beautiful for life.
Other Interesting Facts About Opal
- Opal has always been valued for its play-of-color, so much so that ancient Romans believed the stone was a symbol of hope and good fortune.
- Ancient Greeks believed opals formed from the tears of Zeus and thus gifted them prophesy and protected them from disease.
- Opal jewelry is traditionally given as a gift on your 14th anniversary with your spouse/partner.
- There is a theory that states that silica flooded through Australia 20 or 30 million years ago. As these millions of years passed, the silica was able to solidify and form opal.
Opal Birthstone Jewelry at ALKU Modern Jewelers
At ALKU Modern Jewelers in Katy, Texas, we offer lovingly curated jewelry, as well as custom-design jewelry services. If you have yet to find the perfect gift for a friend or family member born in October, or if your 14th anniversary with your spouse is coming up, contact us today so we can help you find or create a thoughtful piece of jewelry that will be cherished forever and that can be passed down from generation to generation.