My favorite month is upon us and with it brings one of nature’s most glorious gemstones that has a “play of color” phenomenon effect! I’m referring to opals!
Opals are a freak of nature, literally. The “play of color” I mentioned earlier is what happens when light hits an opal and a colorful display of iridescent hues radiate from its core. This amazing occurrence leaves most of us mesmerized and wanting more. That is why some opals have a higher price tag than some diamonds.
You have probably heard that opals are very fragile and can’t be enjoyed or worn often. Opals are delicate, but not as susceptible to breaking as you may think. They have about the same fragility as glass. So when you wear your prized opals just remember this comparison. Wearing them in earrings or in a necklace are a safe way to be able to enjoy them daily.
90% of opals are found in Australia. But, thankfully, you don’t have to endure a 21-hour flight to get your birthstone or your favorite colorful miracle stone. Check out a few of these treasures…
There are many, many different kinds of opals: black opal, jelly opal, agate opal, angel skin opal, white opal… just to name a few.
Opals symbolize hope and purity and were once thought to improve eyesight or enhance intuition. Throughout history, the gem’s reputation has stood for luck. According to some, those born in October are immune from any possible negative effects. Heck yeah! That’s amazing!
Opals are just so easy to love! Happy Birthday October babies and lucky you for having such a celebrated birthstone. :o)
- When deer are in a gray coat in October, expect a hard winter.
- Much rain in October, much wind in December.
- A warm October means a cold February.
- In October dung your field, and your land its wealth shall yield.
October Fun Facts:
- In the U.S.A., October not only marks the onset of the festive season but is also celebrated as the National Pizza Month, Popcorn Month, Pork Month and Sausage Month.
- Famous people born in October include Hillary Clinton, Bill Gates, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Julie Andrews, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, and Christopher Columbus.
- The traditional flower of the month of October is the calendula, symbolizing comfort, healing, protection and grace.
- The last week in October is the only time of the year when all four major North American Sports league schedule games - the NBA generally starts in that last week while the MLB postseason is just ending.
- October Is the Time for These Favorite Traditions: pumpkin flavored everything, hayrides, haunted attractions, costumes, seasonal beer, candy, Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin, horror movies, and hopefully snuggly sweaters (it’s still super hot in Florida right now!).