October. It’s that time of the year when the cold starts to settle in and the weather begins to get cooler. Fall has officially rolled in. The perfect gemstone to commemorate the month is the birthstone of October: Opal. Here are some fun facts about the gemstone:

Meaning:  The name opal derives from the Greek word, “Opallos,” which means “to see a change (of color).” Opals generally range in color from milky white to black with flashes of yellow, orange, green, red, and blue.

Play of Colors: Opals are famous for their “play of colors” – many stones flash the colors of the rainbow when moved. This is caused by the interference of light on small cracks and other internal structural differences. The milky or pearly appearance of some opals are due to inclusions of tiny gas bubbles.

opalearings-fredmeyerjewelersSymbol of Hope: During the Medieval period, a change in intensity of an opal was believed to indicate if its wearer was ill or in good health. The opal was supposed to maintain a strong heart, protect against infection, and cleanse foul-smelling air.

History: While not always seen as a popular gemstone, in Elizabethan England, opal was treasured for its beauty. Shakespeare wrote of it in the Twelfth Night as the “queen of gems.” Also, Queen Victoria presented her children with opal jewelry, which made the the stone popular.

So are you celebrating a birthday this month? Then don’t forget to check our Opal collection!