The Primary October birthstone is admired across the world. But the variety of colours found in the Secondary birthstone makes it equally desired.
Opal is the Primary October Birthstone
The name Opal either comes from the Sanskrit word upala meaning ‘jewel’, or the Latin word opalus, meaning ‘to see a change in colour’. There is some debate about this, but the Sanskrit origin seems to be preferred.
Opal has been a desired stone throughout history, long considered to be a very valuable stone. That is until vast deposits were found in Australia, which lowered its value some. However, even today excellent examples of opal demand very high prices.
Because of the range of colours that opal displays, and its apparent representation of all gem colours, the gem was thought by those in theto provide great luck .
Opal is believed to have a strong link to creativity. This due to the amazing play of colour and wide variety of displays the stone presents.
It is also considered to be a stone of purity and capable of balancing sexual desires. In conjunction with enhancing a sense of hope and promoting purity Opal is very beneficial for the wearers relationships.
In health, Opal is thought to help with addictions. It is believed that wearing Opal will help the wearer find strength to avoid dependence.
Tourmaline is a Secondary October Birthstone
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Images: Opal Pendant by Opalcutters23 [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons, Tourmaline Ring by Doronenko [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons, Aquamarine Earrings –By Mauro Cateb – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link